While Babies don’t stick to a rigid schedule, as most mums know, there are some simple to follow guidelines about when your little ones will start to do some of the most important actions. In fact, knowing what to expect from month to month can help make being a new mum much less stressful, and help you to prepare for the next stage ahead. With that in mind, check out the major milestone guide below.
4 Months – Flip
Apart from opening their eyes after birth, and the loss of the smile reflex at around two months, something that means Baby smile when they are genuinely happy, learning to be to control their own body and flip is one of the next major milestones.
In fact, at around 4 months you can expect your little one to be able to flip onto their back from a front facing positing, but due to the coordination and muscle control involved, going the opposite way usually takes a little longer. Expect this skill at around 5 – 6 months to be exact.
6 Months – Head control
Now, while Baby is likely to have some head control earlier than this, it’s not usually until 6 months that they can master complete control over their head and neck muscles.
Of course, that means for the first few months at least you will need to provide your little one with extra head and neck support. Therefore it’s essential that you hold them correctly and stay away from unsupportive chairs and things jogging strollers until they fully developed head coordination (6 months).
4 – 6 Months – Sit
Once you Baby has begun to control their neck and head muscles and can roll over, they usually progress pretty quick to sitting. Of course, just like any other activity your little on does at this age, they won’t be perfect when they first begin. What that means is that you need to supervise your little one as they start to sit, and be on hand in case they lose their balance and fall.
You can even do a few things to help your baby progress in this area including placing him stomach down to play and then attracting his attention, so he looks up. In fact, by about 7 months he should be able to sit pretty confidently and possibly even reach out with one hand for a desired toy or object.
5 – 6 Months – Crawl
Of course, once the sitting process begins the crawling process isn’t far behind, and that is often a mixed blessing for parents. After all, it wonderful that their child is progressing, but it also means that they need more supervision because they can start whizzing around the house on their hand and knees!
One thing, in particular, that is useful to do here is to check that all the rooms Baby has access to are baby proofed, including adding child locks to cupboards, and bumpers to any sharp edges. After all, your little one won’t have any conception of what is safe and dangerous and will be much more interested in zooming about the place with their new found skill.
Remember too that Baby may not start to crawl straight away in this stage, but scooch around on her bottom using her hand for support. Don’t worry though, as this tend just to be an intermediate phase until the rue crawling begins.
Finally, when it comes to crawling don’t forget that some little ones actually skip this step. Yeah, that’s right, they just go from sitting to standing, and then straight on to walking.
Of course, as long as they are heading in the right direction, it really doesn’t matter too much if they miss a step so don’t panic if your little one seems more focused on standing at this stage.
5 – 6 Months – Wean
The process whereby Baby learns to eat solid food is known as weaning because they are weaned off the breast or bottle. Now, the critical thing to remember her is that weaning is a process, and there is no desperate rush to get Baby eating solid foods.
The reason being there is a lot of excellent nutrition is breast milk and bottle milk products such as S-26 Alula, so if you alternate the two at different feeding times, this can work fine. In fact, as milk is recommended for at least 6-12 months, and babies often begin their first foray into sold (puree) food at around 5-6, mixing the two is the usual approach.
Of course, it is essential to feed baby age and stage approach food, as un-pureed meat and other solid food like grapes can be a choking hazard. Typically, it is recommended that you begin the weaning process with things like mashed parsnips and pears at 6 months, and then slowing progress to finger foods, as they gain confidence.
6 Months – Talk
Many parents gleefully await baby’s first word but don’t realize that they are usually a year old before they say it. Of course, at around 6 months you can expect some babbling and sound making when Baby starts to practice the syllables that will make up a word.
In fact, if you listen carefully, they often sound as if they know exactly what they are saying, even though it is nonsensical at the age. Of course, it wise to still encourage them by talking to Baby as much as possible. The reason being that the more they heard verbal interactions, the faster the process will go.
In fact, if your little one grasps the basics really well, you may even expect to hear them saying complete sentence by 24 months. Though don’t be surprised if they still mostly go for two-word utterance such as: “I want,” “Give me” and “Toy now!”
9 Months – Walk
Finally, at around the 9-month stage, you can expect your little one to begin walking. In fact, you will know they are ready to do this because they will want to stand up a lot without support and even start to pull themselves up on their own.
Of course, safety is vital here, and the most important thing to remember is that you need to both supervise and praise your child once they begin this process. The reason being that it will take them time to master this major milestone.