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Month By Month Baby Growth & Development - What Should Babies Be Doing Month By Month?

Month By Month Baby Growth & Development - What Should Babies Be Doing Month By Month?

One Month

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.

Two Months

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.

Three Months

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).

Four Months

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.

Five Months

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.

Six Months

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.

Seven Months

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.

Eight Months

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.

Nine Months

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.

Ten Months

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.

Eleven Months

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.

Twelve Months

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.

When Will Baby First Smile?
By the end of their first month baby will be recognising familiar faces and beginning to smile. It may be difficult to decipher ‘wind smiles’ and proper smiles initially! You might also notice your little one smiling whilst they’re sleeping - what could be cuter?
When Will Baby First Laugh?
Expect to hear little chuckles or giggles from your little one for the first time usually from around the age of three to four months. Something really simple could set them off - be it a tickle, a funny face or hearing a silly sound. Whatever does the trick - we’re certain this milestone will warm your heart.
When Will Baby First Roll Over?
From around 4 months old. Babies usually begin rolling from their a lying position over to their side and then over onto their backs. Placing toys beside your little one usually encourages them to reach out and roll to get to them. Little one should be able to fully roll over within the next few months - remember to make sure they have plenty of space and time for lots of practice.
When Will Baby First Sit Up?
Babies can usually sit independently from about six months. You can use cushions to prop your little one up from around 4 months which will help them get used to sitting - they will enjoy this new vantage point of their little world. There are also baby seats which little one will enjoy.
When Will Baby First Crawl?
Once little one can sit up they usually begin crawling a little time after - usually around the 6-9 month mark. Some babies completely bypass the crawling stage, others devise their own nifty little way of getting around. Commando crawling on their tummies and bottom shuffling is very common so don’t be shocked if your little one does this.
When Will Baby First Walk?
During the end of their first year baby will probably be starting to pull themselves up on the furniture and begin ‘surfing’ around the room whilst hanging on. They may take their first independent steps this way too - perhaps braving to toddle from one couch to another. Remember - little stumbles and falls are part of the process so try not to panic. You can usually expect to see your little one walking independently from sometime around their first birthday.
When Will Baby First Talk?
Baby will start making their own little sounds such as ‘cooing’ in their first few weeks. They’ll usually start ’babbling’ in their first few months which is their initial way of communicating with you. From around the age of nine months onwards you can expect to hear your little one’s first word (da-da and ma-ma are some of the most common ones). By the time your baby is 18 months they will probably say around 10 to 20 words that you can understand. The best way to encourage your little one to talk is by talking to them yourself! They will love watching your expressions as you chat to them. Point out anything you see together when wandering around the house, driving in the car or walking with little one in their pushchair. Reading books together is a great way to encourage speech too.