Few things are as enjoyable as seeing your baby grow and reach developmental milestones. The following list will help you determine the main milestones your baby will experience and the approximate ages when you can expect them to happen.
As each milestone approaches, be sure to have your camera ready because you will want to document each first in your baby’s life.
THE FIRST (MEANINGFUL) SMILE
While it’s true that you may see a newborn smile, the reality is that once babies reach the two-month threshold, they begin to smile intentionally as a reaction to something that caused happiness, laughter or joy.
FIRST TIME SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT
Anyone who has children knows how challenging the first months can be due to lack of adequate sleep. The nights are long and as the fatigue grows, parents can’t wait for babies to reach the age of 3-4 months, when sleeping through the night finally becomes a reality.
THE FIRST CRAWL
Your baby starts gaining mobility at month 8 or 9, by starting to crawl and independently discover all of her surroundings.
THE FIRST WORD
This is often considered the favorite among “firsts,” because nothing compares to hearing your baby utter his first word. Although some little ones might speak sooner or later than the norm, you can usually expect to hear the first word 10 to 12 months after birth.
Once this milestone arrives, your baby won’t sit still for a long time. The range for baby’s first step tends to be wider, since some little ones are able to walk by 10 months of age, while it’s more common to see this happen after the first birthday, typically at 13 months. Don’t panic if your child takes a bit longer than that; it’s still considered normal for babies to not reach this milestone until their 17th month of life.
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