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Marvellous baby milestones

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A guideline to chart your baby's development from one to six months.

What’s important about milestones is that every child is different and yours may meet hers sooner or later than others. Here we chart some of the main developmental markers babies reach between birth and six months.

Birth:

Babies are born with the walking reflex, which means that when they’re held in a standing position on a hard surface their legs will move as if they’re walking. This primitive reflex disappears at around six weeks of age.

One month:

Baby can lift his head, respond to sound and stare at faces. He’ll begin to follow objects and can see black and white patterns. He may start to smile.

Two months:

Your little one will begin to vocalise sounds, gurgle and coo and hold her head up for short periods. Her movements will become smoother and she may begin to laugh responsively. At two months some babies are can lift their head and shoulders in a mini-pushup. 

Three months:

Baby begins to hold his head steady, recognise your voice, face and scent and may begin doing mini-pushups. At this age some children can bring their hands together and also roll over. 

Four months:

By this stage baby can bear weight on her legs, grasp a toy and begin to reach for objects. She may imitate speech sounds like “baba” or “dada” and could even cut her first tooth.

Five months:

Your child will begin to distinguish between bold colours, turn towards news sounds and entertain himself by playing with his hands and feet. At this stage he may recognise his name and sit momentarily. 

Six months:

Little tots love to imitate sounds and blow bubbles at this age. They can usually roll in both directions and sit without support. They may even lunge forward, a sign they’re almost ready to start crawling.

Did you know?

The speed at which a baby learns a new skill is often inherited from his parents. If you or your partner walked early or late, then there is a chance your baby will be the same.

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