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Growth & Development Milestones: 1 To 6 Month

As you learn what milestones your baby is possible to achieve this year, keep in mind that this is only a rule. Each child is unique as well as develops at her own pace. There's a wide range of what's measured normal, and you most likely don't need to be concerned unless you notice one of the red flags described below.

Developmental milestones at one month

Growth & Development Milestones: 1 To 6 Month

The 1st days with your 1-month-old can be a blur of feeding, changing diapers, settling her to sleep, as well as responding to her wails. But within a few weeks, she'll begin to take more notice of your voice, face, as well as touch.

Your baby can't focus beyond than 8 to 12 inches away – just the right distance for her to gaze at your face. Black and white patterns also draw her mind. Her hearing is fully developed and she might turn toward well-known sounds, for example, your voice.

She can lift her head momentarily and turn it to the side when she's on her stomach, but when she's upright her head as well as neck still need support. Although her arms move jerkily, she can obtain her hands close to her mouth.

Your role

  • Enjoy getting to be familiar with your baby: Cuddle her, talk to her, and learn how she signals when she's sleepy or hungry. Be attentive with responsive. You can't ruin a baby!
  • Give her plenty of tummy time from the start when she's awake so she can make stronger her muscles. Give confidence her to look at and reach for toys.
  • Make sure she gets plenty of time outside. Go for walks with her and take her to the park or playing field. She'll benefit from the outdoors, relaxing with you, and being around other children.
  • Get close as well as make eye contact with your baby when you talk, sing, and read to her.
  • Play simple games when she's alert and in the mood, such as peek-a-boo or mimicking her sounds.
  • Learn the signs that she’s had enough play as well as needs some down time.

Red flags

Each child develops at her own pace, but talk to your baby's doctor if you’re one month old:

  • Feeds slowly or doesn't suck well
  • Doesn't seem to focus her eyes or watch things moving close by
  • Doesn't respond to bright lights
  • Seems especially stiff or floppy
  • Doesn't respond to loud sounds

Developmental milestones at 3 months

Growth & Development Milestones: 1 To 6 Month

In the past, you're basking in the warmth of your baby's delighted smiles! Your 3-month old actively enjoys playtime now, funny you both when he imitates your facial expressions. He's opening to babble and imitates the sounds you make.

You no longer need to support his head. When he's on his stomach, he can raise his head as well as chest, and even do the mini-pushups that set the stage for rolling over. He can open and close his hands, shake toys, swat at hanging objects, carry his hands to his mouth, and push down with his legs if you hold him in a standing position.

His hand-eye coordination is improving. You'll notice him intimately tracking objects that attention him and focusing intently on faces. He's able to be familiar with you from across the room!

Your role

  • Don't be anxious about spoiling your baby: Responding to him on time helps him feel secure and loved. You can help him learn to calm himself by guiding his thumb to his mouth or offering him a pacifier.
  • Continue to make tummy time part of his daily routine so he can do his new skills and strengthen his muscles. When he's on his tummy, give him toys as well as safe objects he can reach for, hold, and discover.
  • Give your baby lots of loving awareness. Talk to him all through the day, describing what you're doing and naming familiar objects. Read books together. Share cuddles, play games, and give confidence his efforts to roll over, grab toys, and "talk" with you.

Red flags

Every child develops at his own pace, but talk to your child's doctor if your 3-month-old:

  • Can't support his head well
  • Don't grasp objects
  • Can't focus on moving objects
  • Doesn't smile
  • Doesn't respond to loud sounds
  • Ignores new faces
  • Seems upset by unknown people or surroundings

Developmental milestones at 4 to 7 months

Growth & Development Milestones: 1 To 6 Month

Your baby is fully occupied with the world now: She smiles, laughs, and has babbling "conversations" with you. And she's on the move by seven months she can most possible roll to her stomach and back again, sit without your help, and maintain her weight with her legs well enough to bounce when you hold her. She uses a raking grasp to pull objects closer as well as can hold toys and move them from one hand to another.

Your baby is more alert to your tone of voice and may heed your warning when you tell her "no." She also knows her name now as well as turns to look at you when you call her.

Peek-a-boo is the desired game and she enjoys finding partially hidden objects. She views the world in full color now and can see beyond. If you move a toy in front of her, she'll follow it intimately with her eyes. Watching herself in a reflect is sure to delight her.

Your role

  • Your baby thrives on the relations she has with you, integrate play into everything you do with her. Shower her with smiles and cuddles, and respond when she babbles to encourage her communication skills.
  • Read together every day, naming the objects you observe in books and around you.
  • Give her lots of opportunities to strengthen her new physical skills by helping her sit as well as positioning her to play on both her stomach and back.
  • Before she can crawl, be positive to childproof your home and keep her environment safe for exploring.
  • Provide a diversity of age-appropriate toys and household objects (like wooden spoons or cartons) to explore.
  • Work on establishing a routine for sleeping, feeding, as well as playtime.
  • By 6 months, she may be prepared to start solid food.

Red flags

Each baby develops at her own pace, but talk to your child's doctor if your baby:

  • Seems very stiff or floppy
  • Can't seize her head steady
  • Can't sit on her own
  • Doesn’t answer to noises or smiles
  • Isn't loving with those closest to her
  • Doesn't arrive at objects


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