You’ll experience so many firsts with your baby this month: first bath, first walk in their pushchair, first car trip - it’s so much fun! Crying is the simplest way for your little one to communicate - so you can expect to hear a lot of it in their first few weeks too. During the first month you might feel a little disheartened and think all baby does is cry, guzzle milk, poop and repeat but trust us - there are so many exciting things to look forward to! By the end of this month you should see the first smiles from your bundle of joy. You’ll notice baby turning their head to react to noises and recognising faces too. It can be common for your little one to look a little ‘cross eyed’ at times - this is all because their vision is so limited in the first few weeks but it gets better day by day.
Get ready for some of the most adorable milestones. Your baby may now be staring to smile at you. You may start to have little ‘cooing’ and ‘ahhing’ conversations together - hearing these adorable noises from your baby for the first time will just melt your heart! At 8 weeks baby will be due their first vaccinations which consist of a 6-in-1 vaccine, Rotavirus vaccine and a MenB dose.
Now that baby’s vision has developed you can expect them to start rolling over - especially to reach objects and toys. You might just hear and see the start of your little one’s laughter at the three month mark too. At 12 weeks baby will be due their second vaccinations which include a 6-in-1 vaccine (2nd dose), Pneumococcal (PCV) vaccine and a Rotavirus vaccine (2nd dose).
It’s fairly common for the first signs of teething to start now - expect drool and rosy cheeks! Teething can sometimes be painful which may cause your baby to cry more if they’re experiencing teething discomfort. At 16 weeks your baby will have their third vaccinations including the third and final does of their 6-in-1 vaccine and a second does of the MenB vaccine.
You and your little one will probably have a well established routine of sleep and play by now. It’s probably fair to say little one’s personality will be showing right now too - you’ll be enjoying communicating in your own little way. You may notice your little one being able to pass a toy from one hand to the other. Baby might start responding to the sound of their own name at this age.
Little one will now start to sit up independently. This month will mark the start of their weaning journey as they start to try solid foods, some babies are keen to explore tastes and textures right away whereas others are keen to go at a slower pace.
Depending on how much tummy time your little one has enjoyed over the past few months you may expect your little one to begin crawling now. You can expect to hear lots of babbling from your little one too. Baby’s will enjoy playing peekaboo.
Every day at this stage in your little one’s development seems to get more and more fun! Little one will engage in play and you’ll notice just how much your baby can communicate these days. Your baby will know precisely how to command your attention using adorable facial expressions, sounds, gestures and of course those all important sweet giggles and squeaks. You may notice your little one has an aversion to strangers at this stage in his or her life too which is developmentally appropriate. Make sure to give your little one the space to socialise at on their own terms and at their desired speed.
Get ready for the dreaded baby proofing as little one will most definitely be making their first movements around your home around about now! Baby gates are a must have to keep your baby safe on the stairs. Other baby proofing essentials include corner protectors for sharp edges such as coffee tables and door/cabinet latches. You may hear your little one utter their first words this month too. Whatever they say - we’re sure your heart will be melting just a little bit more.
Baby will be getting into everything at this stage. You know when parents say ‘you need eyes in the back of your head’? This is definitely time you start to feel this! Your mischievous mini me will love to explore their surroundings wherever they may be - manoeuvring in their own little way, whether it’s crawling, shuffling or even taking their very first steps! This is when the real fun begins.
The eleventh month marks the final month of infancy for your baby and we’re certain you’ll agree that they will have changed and developed so much in this short space of time. From a newborn baby who could barely even support their own head, to a walking, talking miniature human! It really is miraculous and a joy to watch.
By the time your baby reaches their first birthday you’re likely to see them take their very first steps. Little one will probably be enjoying more independent feeding now too - holding their own spoon at mealtimes and eating finger foods like a pro. At one year, your baby will need to have their MMR vaccine and the last of their routine vaccines. They’ll be due their second dose of MMR at the age of 3 years and 4 months.