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

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About the Author: Rafferty’s Garden is a brand brought to life by our love of good food and by our belief in ensuring Australian babies get an amazing start to their food journey. .


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