Here is a list of first year milestones and when to expect them!
Around one month babies start trying to lift their head of the ground when laying on their tummy!
- Begin to smile responsively
- Vocalize, gurgle and coo
- Become aware of their own fingers
Selective looking – choosing things to focus on and picking out differences. A child of this age could mentally pick out a red block from a box of yellow blocks. They might also be able to visually track an object moving slowly across the room.
Start to roll from front to back
Hold their head upright (although still wobbly) and smile at themselves in the mirror
- Social referencing – being able to begin registering your emotions. If you are smiling, they will know things are going well. If you look upset, they can tell something is wrong.
- Begin sitting up with support
Begin to pick up small things with their fingers
- Problem solving – rather than simply crying if a rattle is under their pillow. Nine month olds will likely be able to reach under and push it out themselves.
- Begin pulling themselves up to stand
- Word comprehension – being able to understand what you are saying even if they can’t say it yet.
- Communicate with gestures like waving goodbye
- Bang things together
- Hold arms out to show they want to be held
Sit down from standing position and “cruise” (walking while holding on to things)
- Stand without holding onto something
- Put objects into a container
- Say a few words
- Developed object permanence. Learning to look for something after it has “disappeared” under a blanket.
- Looks and listens simultaneously
- Develops self-feeding skills… though messily