The ultimate guide to baby milestones, from birth to 1 year

From those first smiles and chuckles to baby's first steps, those first moments in your baby’s life are so precious. Your baby grows faster in their first year than any other time. As a parent, it’s hard to not always be wondering what your baby is thinking, feeling, hearing, seeing and doing! And wondering when they’ll reach the next milestone.

It’s important to remember that all babies develop at different rates, even if they’re from the same family, and it’s completely normal for a child to be stronger in one area of development than another.

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What are a baby’s developmental skills?

Your baby’s development will span fine motor skills, gross motor skills, social skills and language skills:

Fine motor skills are small movements like pincer grip and picking up small objects.
Gross motor skills are bigger movements such as sitting, rolling and standing up.
Social skills are all about communication and learning to play with others.
Language skills are baby’s first words and making talking sounds.

It’s a good idea to monitor your baby’s developmental milestones so you can take the information to your paediatrician if you need to. It will also show you any interesting similarities or differences with any siblings! Keep in mind that premature babies will take longer to reach their milestones.

We’re often asked about baby milestones at Childhealthy. The following is a guide to around what ages you can expect to get the camera ready and prepare for those memorable moments.

If you have any concerns about your baby’s development, you can contact us at Childhealthy to arrange an appointment with one of our paediatricians who will be happy to review your child’s development and offer any advice.

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