Baby Development Month on Month: A Milestone Guide

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Your baby is a unique little person. They will grow and develop in his or her own way and at their own pace. Below is a timeline of physical milestones you can use as a guide for what you may expect to see in your little one from month-to-month.

Just remember, there’s a wide range of what’s considered ‘normal’ baby development, so if you’re concerned about your baby’s progress, have a chat with your doctor or maternal health nurse.

One month

  • Able to grasp a finger
  • Can turn head to the side when lying on tummy
  • Arms and legs kick and wave but with little control

Two  months

  • Can hold head up for short periods when on tummy
  • May turn head to follow movement of objects
  • Holds head stead when upright

Three months

  • Can raise up head and chest when on tummy
  • Sits with support on your lap
  • Arm and leg movements are smoother and more deliberate

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Four months

  • Supports self on forearms or outstretched arms during tummy time
  • Holds head steady when supported to sit
  • Rolls from side to side when on tummy

Five months

  • Bears some weight on legs
  • Sits supported for long periods
  • Can bring feet to mouth and enjoys playing with hands and feet
  • May roll in one direction

Six months

  • Rolls in both directions
  • Sits well in a chair
  • Preparing to crawl getting onto hands and knees

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Seven months

Eight months

  • Crawing better
  • May stand whilst holding on
  • May pick objects up and pass them from hand to hand

Nine months

  • Begins to move while standing (cruise)
  • May try to use thumb and fore finger to pick up objects (pincer grasp)
  • Bangs, throws and drops objects

Ten months

  • Crawls and cruises well
  • Pulls self to standing
  • Well developed pincer grasp
  • Waves goodbye

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Eleven months

  • May be able to stand alone for brief moments
  • Can put objects into containers
  • Can bend down while standing

Twelve months

  • May begin to take first steps unaided
  • Can indicate with gestures what they want

About the Author

About the Author: Karen has over 20 years’ experience as an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Nutritionist and has also authored the cookbooks Eat Well Live Well with High Cholesterol, Eat Well Live Well with Growing Children and Eat Well Live Well with Diabetes. Karen was also a nutrition consultant on Healthy Living with Babies and Toddlers. Karen works as a nutrition advisor for Rafferty’s Garden and shares her insights and knowledge on infant nutrition with our RG team and consumers. Her regular blogs and posts about raising a healthy little foodie are found on the Rafferty’s Garden website, Facebook and Instagram. .

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