Baby Development Month By Month

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It only takes 12 months for your baby to grow from a newborn to a toddler. Baby’s development month by month accelerates, and each subsequent month offers new developments. Understandably, all new parents are curious about what to expect next from their child and how to tell if their child’s development is on track. There is a huge window for a newborn to achieve each developmental stage, regardless of how quickly they develop.

Crawling, babbling, teething, and grabbing are just a few of the milestones your baby will achieve in the first 12 months. It is common for some babies to achieve a milestone sooner, taking more time to achieve another later.

Read on to know what to expect each month during your baby’s first year and what developmental traits can be considered normal in babies.

Growth Milestones – Baby Development Month By Month:

1st Month:

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  • Your baby is growing fast
  • Makes eye contact
  • Cries for help
  • Reacts to parents’ voices and smiles

2nd Month:

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  • Your baby becomes more plump
  • Learns giving social smile and studying faces
  • Concentrates on looking at people than objects
  • Murmurs and gurgles in response to sounds
  • Expresses anger

3rd Month:

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  • You will see a remarkable pattern in your baby’s schedule
  • Smiles back when you smile, the lovely smile involves the whole body – arms lift up, hands open wide and legs move
  • Smiles and gurgles to get your attention
  • Imitates facial expressions and certain movements

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  • Pushes up arms when lying on stomach
  • Grabs object to get them
  • Laughs out aloud
  • Enjoys playing and cries when playtime is disrupted

5th Month:

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  • Becomes assertive
  • Starts rolling in one or other direction
  • Learns to transfer objects from one hand to another
  • Blows spit bubbles
  • Cries for mom or dad if they are out of sight
  • Loves to play during feeding

6th Month:

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  • Rolls over both the ways
  • Starts to sit
  • Scratches small objects to reach them
  • Babbles and makes noises like squeals and murmurs
  • Tends to be either gentle or active

7th Month:

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  • Starts crawling, scooting
  • Learns to use thumb and fingers
  • Enjoys being in social environment
  • Expresses anger in a strong way
  • Mimics adults sounds

8th Month:

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  • Sits perfectly without any support
  • Tries clapping hands
  • Responds when you call your baby by name
  • May get anxious or shy with strangers

9th Month:

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  • Tries to crawl and climb stairs
  • Imitates gestures that others make
  • Likes playing with the parent (with mom when she is cooking)
  • Learns object permanence

10th Month:

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  • Tries to stand
  • Self-esteem begins
  • Responds to clapping
  • Shows all moods like happy, sad and anger

11th Month:

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  • Does not allow you reading books or paper
  • Tries saying mama or dada
  • Will at times choose not be cooperative
  • Loves bathing time

12th Month:

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  • Stands without any support and takes first steps
  • Tries speaking 2 to 3 words like mama, dada
  • Helps while you are dressing like pushing hands into sleeves
  • Shows temper tantrums
  • Develops sense of humor

Your baby will undergo an amazing transformation in the first year of life. He or she will have about tripled birth weight. Keep watching the baby growth stages. Also keep in mind that all babies grow at his or her pace. If you do not see any of the milestone of baby month by month as stated, it is completely normal in baby’s development.

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Rebecca Malachi

Rebecca is a pregnancy writer and editor with a passion for delivering research-based and engaging content in areas of fertility, pregnancy, birth, and post-pregnancy. She did her graduation in Biotechnology and Genetics from Loyola Academy, Osmania University and obtained a certification in ‘Nutrition and Lifestyle in Pregnancy’ from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU). She has been into health and... more

Dr. Elna Gibson

(MBChB, MMed, Paeds)
Dr. Elna Gibson is a general pediatrician. She did her MBChB and specialization as a pediatrician in South Africa at the University of Pretoria. She obtained MMed Pediatrics (masters) with distinction in 1993. As a young specialist, Dr. Gibson spent some time in the Netherlands, and then settled in the Vaal Triangle where she has practiced for 25 years. She... more