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Child Development 1st Year

Child Development 1st Year

Babies during their first year go through a wide range of changes including social, language, small and large motor developments and much more. Your baby changes and grows and learns at a rapid pace, much faster than you probably would like. Before you know it, your 8-pound infant is a 20-pound toddler who is able to stand on his own and begin using his fine motor skills. The following will show normal development for a baby’s first year.

Months 1-3

During the first three months of life, your baby will go through a lot of changes. He will be able to lift his head for short periods of time, turn his head from side to side, follow objects in front of him and see black and white patterns in the first month. The second month consists of visually searching for sounds, making noises aside from crying, following dangling objects, having distinctive cries and smiling in response to different stimuli. In the third month, your baby will begin to bear weight on both of his legs if he is held in a standing position, can hold his head up, raise head and shoulders while on his stomach, bear weight on his forearms and hold objects.

Months 4-6

During the fourth month, you can expect your baby to begin drooling, having good head control, rolling from her back to side, playing with her hands, grasping objects with both hands, laughing, beginning eye-hand coordination and enjoy being bounced or rocked. The fifth month begins with teething, rolling from her stomach to her back, putting her feet in her mouth when lying on her back, playing with her toes, smiling at her image in the mirror, being able to distinguish between family and strangers and discovering different parts of her body. In her sixth month, your baby begins chewing and biting, lifting her head while in a sitting position, grasps and can control small objects, holds her own bottle, and recognizes her parents.

Months 7-9

Between months 7 and 9, your baby will be able to sit without support, bear his full weight on his feet, bounce while in standing position, transfer objects from one hand to another, adjust posture to reach an object, reach for toys that are out of reach, combine syllables, understand the word no, sit up on his own, begin crawling, responding to verbal commands and having an increased interest in his parents.

Months 10-12

In the 10th month, your baby can recover her balance while sitting, understand bye-bye, begins speaking mama or dada with meaning, start speaking other words and repeat actions that seem to get them the most attention. In month 11, you can expect your baby to play interactive games, explore objects thoroughly, roll a ball when asked and become frustrated if he is restricted. Finally in the 12th month, your baby will begin walking with at least one hand held, stand alone, sit down without help, build block towers and be able to turn pages in a book.
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