Every parent worries about whether or not their child is developing at the proper pace. From learning to walk to learning to talk, you might worry that your baby is falling behind from time to time. But the truth is, babies will develop at different paces, but there are some milestones that they should hit by a certain age.

At Inch By Inch Child Care Center in Bedford, we offer an infant program that can help your little one grow and develop a variety of different skills. We work with our infants to help them hit those important milestones and focus on the areas that they need the most help in. Our staff can help your baby develop and hit those milestones, while allowing them to grow at their own pace.

In this blog, we are going to talk about some of those milestones and when your baby should be reaching them! One thing to note is that these milestones are just general guidelines as to when a baby should be developing certain skills. If your child is a little late with their development, you do not need to worry. Your baby’s pediatrician will be able to evaluate their development and assess if there are any concerns. Learn more and be sure to check out our infant program now!

The First Month

In the first month of your baby’s life, you may not expect them to develop or hit many milestones. While your baby will be hitting more milestones later in life, there are a few that they should be reaching within the first month of their life. These include:

  • Focusing on objects eight to 12 inches away.
  • Showing more interest in human faces than shapes.
  • Showing more interest in high-contrast and black-and-white patterns.
  • Making jerky movements with the arms.
  • Bringing hands near the face.
  • Moving head from side to side while laying on the belly.
  • Hearing fully.
  • Responding to familiar sounds.
  • Making tight fists with hands.

The Third Month

The third month is often a big month for development. Your baby will likely begin to develop many more skills and become more aware. By the end of the third month, your baby will be able to do more and understand more. These milestones include:

  • Beginning to lift their head.
  • Starting to lift their shoulders during tummy time.
  • Turning their head toward sounds.
  • Recognizing your face.
  • Being comforted by touch.
  • Stretching and kicking legs while laying on the back or stomach.
  • Pushing down on legs when the feet are on a firm surface.
  • Grabbing and shaking toys.
  • Following moving objects with eyes.
  • Recognizing people and familiar objects at a distance.
  • Beginning to babble and imitate sounds.
  • Enjoying playing with others.
  • Starting to use hand and eye coordination.
  • Recognizing and reacting to parents’ voices.
  • Making eye contact.

The Seventh Month

We are going to skip a few months and take a look at the milestones that your little one will likely be reaching after the first seven months of their life. Not all of these milestones will be reached in the seventh month, some will be reached in the earlier months that we are not covering! These milestones include:

  • Beginning teething.
  • Reaching for toys.
  • Looking at things in the distance.
  • Seeing colors better.
  • Laughing and giggling a lot.
  • Beginning to roll from stomach to back and back to stomach.
  • Sitting up with assistance.
  • Putting all their weight on legs when being held upright.
  • Responding to their name.
  • Using voice to express joy or displeasure.
  • Enjoying peek-a-boo.
  • Struggling to get objects that are out of reach.
  • Babbling in a chain.
  • Exploring objects with hands and mouth.

The Twelfth Month

By the time your baby reaches one year old, there are many milestones that they are likely to hit. This is an exciting time for you and your baby as they begin to develop many skills and continue to grow. The milestones your baby should hit by their first birthday include:

  • Sitting without assistance.
  • Recognizing different shapes.
  • Understanding object permanence.
  • Beginning to understand words like “Dada,” “Mama,” and “no”.
  • Starting to push themselves to the hand and knee position.
  • Beginning to crawl.
  • Starting to lift themselves into a standing position.
  • Picking things up with a thumb and pointer finger.
  • Looking and listening at the same time.
  • Beginning to use objects correctly.
  • Exploring objects in many different ways.
  • Beginning to walk while holding furniture.
  • Using simple gestures.
  • Understanding of one-step commands.

These are some of the milestones that your baby should hit throughout the first year of their life. Remember that every baby is different and develops at a different pace. If you want to help your child with their growth and development, be sure to schedule a tour at Inch By Inch Child Care Center in Bedford!