Just as adults are all so different as far as their attitudes go, their likes and dislikes and their skills, so too, are babies.
The baby who strides forth with his first steps earlier than expected may never have actually learnt to crawl, for example. One baby may have cut one or more teeth and yet another of the same age may still be toothless!
But apart from these vast differences, there still lies a loosely-knitted guideline outlining what milestones can be expected and when.
Practicing to walk
This loose guide will see most one-month-old babies lifting their heads while lying on their tummies. At this early point in their little lives they will also respond to sounds and familiar faces. Some will make quiet -cooing and -aahing noises, too. If held in a standing position, the natural walking reflex will kick in with little legs imitating walking as best they can.
Different types of crying
From two months old crying will change and if you listen very carefully you’ll be able to differentiate between the kinds of crying and be able to establish the reason behind the crying.
From three months you will notice your baby may have become quite noisy in his gurgling kind of talk. He will have introduced tones to his voice as a result of listening to those around him talk.
By the time he is five or six months old the tone of his babbling will be reaching peaks and depths. He will love to bounce up and down when he is held in an upright position.
New tones and sounds
From seven months to a year most babies will babble away, trying out new sounds and tones they have learnt. Towards the latter part of this phase your baby will probably say his first word. By a year, he will know up to five words well enough to use them in the right context. Around this time your baby may start to sit or at least show signs of wanting to sit.
By eight months his sitting abilities will help to develop his neck strength, balance and control of his head.
Up, up and away!
Between nine and 10 months is when he will pull himself up to a standing position using a couch, table or other firm item. He can also sit from a standing position and vice versa.
His legs are still a little wobbly at 11 months so he will need support, but by 12 to 14 months he’ll be making strides with his walking! By 12 months he would have tripled his birth weight and be sleeping for eight to 10 hours a night with two short naps during the day.
What’s in a tooth?
Teething usually begins inside the gum at 5 months but some infants may start as early as three months. Generally, at eight months, he will cut his first tooth. Two teeth arrive almost simultaneous, cutting through in the middle of the lower gum.
By 10 months old his middle, upper teeth should be coming through.
His teeth will continue to cut for some time until, by the time your baby is around three-years-old, he will have all of his 20 baby teeth.
Soon the little baby will be a small child, and all you’ll be able to do is marvel at the explosion of growth you’ve overseen.
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