From birth to the time your little bunny hits her first birthday, her life is full of milestones. As you find yourself totally immersed in your newfound parenthood, you also observe her growing up everyday and boy oh boy, before you know it she starts looking and behaving like a tiny little adult, armed with her own set of pet peeves and interests. While as a parent you have found every day full of wonder and amusement, there are a few major milestones that a child must achieve to stay on the average growth track. Some of these are below.
1# Smile @ 2 months
While you and your spouse might keep arguing that what you saw was a smile on your baby’s lips or not, chances are that before she hits two months you will not be able to see her grinning. Babies do not develop a relatable and social smile till the age of 2 months. smile until about 8 weeks. Her vision takes time to develop and it is only by end of month two that she is able to see her primary care giver and the closest things around her and smile in return.
2# Grab @ 3 months
Once your little one learns that she has little pudgy hands, she will soon follow that knowledge with an innate desire to grab whatever is within reach. Now she can see what is hanging in front of her and can gauge its proximity. She is also learning that her hands are in her control. This is the time when playing with her is about to become even more engaging.
3# Roll over @ 4 months
One of these days, you will put your baby on a bed and she will simply roll over! It is a momentous time in your mommy life when your child does that and you might want to record it on a camera. Be sure that she gets to roll over in a safe place with no chance of hurting her. There should always be supervision. You can give her some tummy time in which she can lie on her stomach. This will help build up her stomach’s muscles. To start with limit your tummy time to a few seconds and slowly build it to 2-3 minutes at a stretch. Do not rush it though. By five months, most babies can roll over.
4# Peekaboo @ 6 months
Ooh! This is clearly the most fascinating way to engage with your child. Any baby is elated at the sight of some familiar face hiding behind a veil challenging her to play hide and seek. At six months, your baby understands Object Permanence. This is the stage when you baby understands that anything that goes out of sight exists even when out of sight. This view of the world around her makes it exciting to play a game of peekaboo with you. This knowledge can be built in to a proper game by nudging your child to look for you while you coo behind a blanket and call her out.
5# Sit @ 7 months
The last few months, you baby has been preparing for a grand occasion. She is prepping herself to sit up! All by herself! Her body is gaining strength, muscle control and balance. Her neck, back, torso, arms all come together to help her sit. And boy! Once she sits there is no looking back. She can now look at a plethora of objects and people around her. She can scan the room better, reach for toys with greater agility and be a more active participant in family gatherings.
The babies start by trying to pull themselves up. Soon after they are sitting for a few seconds before plopping back to supine position. Encourage her as she tries getting up!
6# Crawl/Cruise/Pull Up @ 8 months
A baby who can sit up is simply waiting to start navigating the whole little world around her. She is now gauging her capabilities and how far and wide her body can take her. She will be probably be crawling by now. Crawling can start by the regular hands and knees crawling but can also be shifting the bum crawling. No matter how your baby chooses to crawl, it is an evolutionary step for her. But do not get disheartened if she doesn’t crawl by now. Some babies skip crawling altogether and start standing up and cruising along. Cruising is the technique of holding on to pieces of furniture to take support of and walk along. Your baby is doing this as a practice for the next part of growing up – walking!
Her torso is getting stronger and she will now be able to stand up too. Many babies however take time and a baby may start to stand up anytime between 8 to 10 months.
Now is the time for you to start baby proofing your house. Look for drawers, cabinets, doors, stairs and balconies that need to be taken care of.
7# Walk @ 11 months
At roughly around 11 months of age, your baby will take the first step towards being a fully functional human. She is going to take her first steps, literally. Most babies take their first steps in the first year of their life, however it is not uncommon to find a lot of babies learning to walk by age 1.5 years. It is important to not panic. Walking is dependent on a child’s muscle strength, sense of balance and coordination as well as her willingness to start trying to walk. Some babies have more confidence than others and start walking sooner. Once your star starts to walk, you need to re-assess your baby proofing needs. This developmental leap will make him mobile and more engaging.
Your baby is reaches one milestone or the other everyday. It will be a good idea to capture them all and preserve them as a special memento of the first year of her life.