The First 3 Months:
- Smile. Early on, it will be just to herself. But within three months, she’ll be smiling in response to your smiles and trying to get you to smile back at her.
- Raise her head and chest when on her tummy.
- Track objects with their eyes and gradually decrease their eye crossing.
- Open and shut her hands and bring hands to her mouth
- Grip objects in her hands.
- Take swipes at or reach for dangling objects, though she usually won’t be able to get them yet.
Four to Six months
- Roll over from front to back or back to front. Front-to-back usually comes first.
- Babble, making sounds that can sound like real language.
- Reach out for and grab objects (watch out for your hair), and manipulate toys and other objects with her hands.
- Sit up with support and have great head control.
Seven to Nine Months
- During this time period, your baby may:
- Start to crawl. This can include scooting (propelling around on his bottom) or “army crawling” (dragging himself on his tummy by arms and legs), as well as standard crawling on hands and knees although some babies never crawl, moving directly to from scooting to walking.
- Sit without support.
- Respond to familiar words like his name. He may also respond to “No” by briefly stopping and looking at you, and may start babbling “Mama” and “Dada.”
- Clap and play games such as patty-cake and peekaboo.
- Learn to pull up to a standing position
Ten to Twelve Months
- Begins feeding herself
- Cruise, or move around the room on her feet while holding onto the furniture.
- Say one or two words, and “Mama” and “Dada” become specific name for parents. The average is about three spoken words by the first birthday, but the range on this is enormous.
- Point at objects she wants in order to get your attention.
- Begin “pretend play” by copying you or using objects correctly, such as pretending to talk on the phone.
- Take her first steps. This usually happens right around one year, but it can vary greatly.