Baby milestones are a good way to keep track of your baby’s progress throughout his or her gestational period. Most commonly used baby milestones are the developmental milestones of infancy and childhood. These include such things as pointing to objects, crawling, and standing. Some parents also note down the length of their child’s walk, head of the household, and words that they utter. Baby milestones can help parents evaluate how well their child is progressing and can be helpful in planning a newborn’s nursery and early childhood education.
Baby Milestones for Newborn
Gestational Age: This refers to the exact time that your baby is considered full. At this point, he or she should be able to feed themselves with a mouthful of food, get dressed themselves, and turn around from one side to another. The first year of a child’s life represents the first milestone on the road to independence. Throughout the year, little ones will build and grow into complete new individuals. During the first year, baby milestones represent the development of that individual’s capabilities. For instance, your baby’s first step represents the first step that he or she is able to take, walking alone.
First Word: A baby’s first word is not always his or her first step. It could be something like “ums” or “dada”. This represents a very important developmental milestone for babies. If your baby does not say the first word, he or she may begin to learn through other means, such as singing.
Toddler: During the developmental milestones for infants, toddlers, and young children, your baby should not be able to sit, walk, and stand on its own. They must have help in all three areas. At about 18 months, your toddler will be able to sit up on its own and begin to recognize colors and shapes. He or she will also be able to grasp small objects. Your baby will not be able to hold anything larger than a finger.
Infant: The infant milestones for babies begin with the first steps. Your baby will be able to walk using only his or her legs. He or she will not be able to walk unassisted. At around 18 months, your baby can stand on his or her own. Your babies are going to continue to develop throughout their first years, but every child has room for improvement.
Dada: Dada means “doing away with everything.” This is when your baby is able to go through each day without getting dressed up, eating, playing, and going to another room. Dada is a wonderful accomplishment because it represents independence for your infant. Other dada milestones include turning pages, pointing to pictures, and saying goodbye to mom and dad.
Familiar Faces: Another set of milestones that you should be aware of is familiar faces. During the first four to six months, your babies will be able to recognize their own name, a mother’s name, and familiar faces such as the television, mom and dad, and other family members. At eight months and twelve months, your babies can recognize themselves in the mirror. At eight months and twelve months, babies can recognize familiar faces of people that they have known for a long time. This recognition allows your babies to build a sense of who others are and what names mean.
Motor Development: By this time, babies can sit, walk, and even crawl. These milestones represent the completion of one particular motor development task. Other milestones in motor development include head control, kicking, throwing, and catching. This is a good time to celebrate the accomplishment of these tasks.