It takes about 12 months for your baby to go through different transformations and stages. From a new-born to becoming toddlers, infants grow at an astonishing pace. Every week and months bring new developments that new parents often think what to expect for the next months.
Of course, just like adults, babies are also different from each other. Some babies reach milestones sooner while other tends to get a little late. Some babies stand on their feet for three months, while other babies only stand in their 8th month. Whether you have a quick or late baby, it’s important to track and see the common developments a baby should have in a specific month. Knowing this can help you distinguish if your baby has development problems or not. Below, I’ll give you a list of what to expect each month for your baby.
1st month – first of all, congratulations on the baby! At your baby’s first month, he/she has developed his/her sense of hearing; they are easily distracted by noises and often like hearing sounds especially from their parents. They have developed their sense of vision too, so expect them looking and focusing on your face. Newborns also have naturally dry and blotchy skin, take note that their skin is still sensitive, so steer clear from creams for the meantime. Also, at this month, expect a lot of crying and whining because of several reasons such as hunger.
2nd month – on this month, you’ll likely receive some of your baby’s first ever smile. Your baby will also start distinguishing colours and shapes. Unlike the first month, two-month-old babies tend to wake up more often especially at night, so expect a lot of sleeplessnesses.
3rd month – your baby starts to develop stronger muscles and can almost hold their head. They also start babbling and jabbering just because they’re curious of their voices. Develop this skill by talking back at their blabbers.
4th month – your baby’s vision has developed making him/she see colours of the same shades such as orange and red. At this month, he/she tends to like brighter colours because they are often curious about them. Their stomach has also become bigger, which means they’ll be demanding more milk from you!
5th month – at this month, expect to see smiles and hear several waves of laughter. Your baby also starts to sit on their own for a little amount of time. Just like their 4th month, they still like blabbering words such as “mama” and “baba”. Their vision has also developed tremendously, where they get improved when it comes to seeing small things.
6th month – at this month, your baby should start sitting a little longer than before and may even start to stand up. 6th-month-old babies also tend to discover the wonders of rolling over, so expect a lot of rolling in the bed. Your baby also starts to eat other foods other than milk now, but before this, make sure to consult your doctor to make sure they eat the right food for them.
7th month – at this month, your baby should, at least, be able to sit on their own, and many even like to jump a lot, with a little support. Their vision has also developed tremendously that they can see objects across the room. He/she has also developed grabbing on things now and may have tried crawling. Some babies have started teething at this month, so expect a lot of crying and whining.
8th month – babies at this month may have started developing their crawling skills now. Babies also start to develop separation anxiety especially when you’re away, so expect a lot of coyness from your baby when it comes to strangers. They also begin to move their hands and fingers where they can touch larger objects.
9th month – your baby should now be able to recognize familiar faces. Separation anxiety is still present at this month, but they are slowly recognizing that you will be back. They also have started liking standing on their own feet so might have to buy them a pair of baby shoes.
10th month – now that they’re in their 10th month, they should now be able to sit on their own and crawl from point A to point B. Your baby will also start taking more food than milk. Most babies also develop their habit of banging their heads against a hard surface, not because they want to hurt themselves but because they are curious about what it does. They’re usually not aware that banging hurts, so it’s best to make your room child safe for your baby.
11th month – your baby may have started standing up on their own now and may even start walking. This is also the month where they can start talking short words that they learned from you. Babies at this month may also start to like hearing nursery songs and rhymes. Your baby has also started to understand simple words such as yes and no.
12th month – your baby is finally one-year-old! What an adventure right? At this month, your baby will start to become a little independent on their own. They can now play, sit and stand on their own without any help. They have also developed a sense of familiarity and can now recognize your name and their name. They may even start feeding themselves whenever they eat. Also, when they play, they start to push and throw things not because they’re rude but because they think it is fun. Try to give them safe plastic toys to prevent permanent damages.