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Here are some developmental markers in your baby’s growth through their first year.

By 2 Months of Age

  • Baby moves her head from cheek to cheek while lying on her tummy
  • Focuses 8 to 12 inches in front of her face
  • Turns her head to familiar sounds and voices
  • Baby remains calm when held or moved
  • Holds a toy in her hand

By 4 Months of Age

  • Raises her head and chest off the floor when lying on her tummy
  • Makes cooing, babbling sounds and is beginning to smile
  • Clasps her hands together often and brings her hands to her mouth
  • Sits with support
  • Rolls from her back to her side
  • Reaches for and grabs a toy

By 6 Months of Age

  • Grabs feet with hands while on her back
  • Supports herself in sitting
  • Explores by putting toys in her mouth and banging toys together
  • Opens her mouth for spoon when feeding
  • Smiles at herself in a mirror

By 8 Months of Age

  • Rolls over in both directions
  • Sits by herself without support and plays with a toy
  • Is able to pick up small objects such as Cheerios or Puffs
  • Babbles chains of consonants such as “baba” and “dada”

By 10 Months of Age

  • Can pull to stand on furniture by wobbly
  • Walks sideways along furniture (“cruising”)
  • Points to show you what she wants
  • Crawls on hands and knees
  • Feeds herself with a cracker

By 12 Months of Age

  • Stands briefly without support
  • May walk two or three steps without support
  • Puts small blocks into a container and takes them out again
  • Tries to imitate scribbling
  • Helps with getting dressed by offering a foot or an arm
  • Says her first words