Developmental Milestones in the First Year
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The first year of life is jam-packed with developmental milestones, from your baby’s first smile to their first steps. Here are some of the achievements you can expect to witness around the time of your child’s first birthday.
Developmental milestones begin within the first few months after birth, and by six months your baby should be able to visually track objects, smile and roll over.
Milestones near the first birthday
After the first six months, things start to get really exciting. Around this time, your baby should begin to crawl or scoot around, and be able to sit without support. Babbling should be a daily event, and your baby may begin to learn a few words. Your baby should also be able to play simple games with you, like peekaboo. Later in the first year, your child may show signs of wanting to feed themselves. Most babies will attempt to take their first steps by the first birthday, so have the camera ready!
What to do if your baby hasn’t reached a milestone
Keep in mind that all babies are different, and it is not uncommon for a child to have reached one or more milestones but lag behind in others. Perhaps by the first birthday, you will have a baby who knows several words, but hasn’t attempted walking yet. Perhaps your little one is pretty mobile but only knows how to say ‘mama’.
Multiple neurological functions and processes develop in the first year, including language, social skills, vision, hearing, gross motor skills and fine motor coordination. Some of these skills will come more naturally to your child, while others may require a bit more patience.
Discuss your child’s development and general health regularly with your paediatrician. If there is an underlying reason for your baby to fail to reach a milestone, you can seek help early, but if your baby is otherwise healthy, you can save yourself a lot of unnecessary worrying.
This information is this article is intended for general purposes only. If you have any concerns about your health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a healthcare professional.