What's normal? A guideline for baby's first year of milestones


 
 

The "what's normal?" game can drive any new parent crazy, and balancing concern over your baby's development with the desire to keep your competitive or worrywart tendencies in check can be hard.

Your best bet is to contact your pediatrician if your baby is not meeting any of the following milestones or displays any of the warning signs below-or if your intuition tells you something may be wrong.

Motor skill milestones

By 3 to 4 months, your child should be able to:

  • Reach for, grasp and hold objects
  • Support her head well
  • Bring objects to her mouth
  • Push down with legs when his or her feet are placed on a firm surface
  • By 5 months, your baby should be able to:
  • Roll over in either direction

By 6 months, your baby should be able to:

  • Sit up without help

By 7 months, your baby should be able to:

  • Crawl
  • Get objects to her mouth
  • Stand when supported.

Social/emotional milestones

By 3 months, your baby should:

  • Smile at people
  • Pay attention to new faces

By 5 months, your baby should:

  • Smile without prompting

By 6 months, your baby should:

  • Laugh

By 7 months, your baby should:

  • Cuddle with and show affection to parents and caregivers
  • Display enjoyment around people

By 8 months, your baby should:

  • Show interest in playing peek-a-boo

Speech/language milestones

By 3 to 4 months, your baby should be able to:

  • Respond to loud noises
  • Babble

By 7 months, your baby should be able to:

  • Respond to sounds

By 1 year, your baby should be able to:

  • Use single words

Cognitive milestones

By 1 year, your baby should:

  • Search for objects that are hidden while she watches
  • Use gestures (i.e. waving bye-bye)
  • Point to objects or pictures
 
 





 
 
 
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