Healthy Baby Growth


Healthy Baby Growth

It only takes 12 months to transform from a fully dependent newborn to an active toddler who has just begun to walk. Babies grow and change at an astonishing rate in this incredible adventure. Every month for 12 months, new and exciting developments are followed by parents with curiosity and interest.

New parents often wonder what to expect and whether there is a goal to set for their baby’s development. Rather than focusing too much on developmental milestones, it’s important to remember that every baby has different characteristics and develops at their own pace. The normative limits for a baby to reach a certain developmental stage are found in a very wide range. If a baby has reached a certain developmental area before the month of month, he may be behind the month in which he has found some in another developmental area. In terms of baby development, this is completely normal and common. Below you can find detailed information about the development of babies in the first 12 months.


1 month baby development

Babies communicate with their mothers from birth, and they do this initially by crying. After the 1st month, smiling is added to the communicative behaviors. At the end of the first month, there are also improvements in motor skills. Babies who are 1 month old and born at term can:

  • The most important form of communication is to cry in this month. He always reacts by crying when he is hungry, soiled, tired or gassy.
  • Their interest in human voice increases. Human voices can leave the breast to what they hear and turn to the sound.
  • Responds with a smile when taken care of.
  • He learns to distinguish his mother’s face from other people.
  • He likes to lie on the floor.
  • Can look at the human face for a very short time, 1-2 seconds.
  • In this month, his hands are in the form of a fist.

2 month baby development

Babies who complete their second month now begin to make some sounds, except for some crying. His hands come out of the shape of a fist and the behavior of bringing his hand to his mouth begins. 2-month-old babies can do the following;

  • He started to be interested in what was going on around him.
  • It reacts to sudden and loud sounds with startle.
  • Can hold toys for a very short time, such as 1-2 seconds. This is possible with the help of his grasping reflex.
  • Spends long periods of time examining his hands.
  • What he wants from the way of crying can be distinguished by his mother.
  • He moves his arms and legs constantly.
  • Makes an effort to turn right or left.

3 month baby development

At 3 months old, the muscles become stronger and babies can now hold their head fully upright. In this month, hand-eye coordination also starts to develop. Babies who complete their 3rd month;

  • Reaches for toys and picks them up.
  • The hair at birth begins to fall out and new hair grows in its place.
  • Eye color, which is bluish at birth, may change in this month.
  • Congenital reflexes begin to disappear.
  • Reflexes gradually give way to controlled and purposeful movements.

If a baby who has completed 3 months does not look at the human face, does not smile, does not stop crying when held and does not turn to a human voice, it should definitely be shown to a child development or child psychiatry specialist, as it may be a developmental problem.

4 month baby development

The primary communication way of babies this month is still crying. But in this month, he starts to make syllable-like sounds. It is necessary to be extremely careful against the danger of suffocation, as he tries to explore every object he finds in this month by taking it to his mouth. a 4 month old baby;

  • Recognizes his parents and distinguishes them from other people.
  • He struggles with his whole body to reach a distant toy.
  • Can pass a toy from one hand to the other.
  • may begin to take an interest in what the people around him eat.
  • Can find the half hidden object with the help of a cover.

5 month baby development

A 5-month-old baby is now like a small human being who consciously performs many of his movements and behaviors. 5 month old babies;

  • Makes a wide variety of sounds such as babbling, chirping, laughing.
  • Enjoys communicating with people.
  • It shows that it wants to be held by opening its arms.
  • He smiles at his parents and expects a response.
  • carefully follows the lip movements while her mother is talking.
  • turns to look when his name is mentioned in the conversation.
  • Their first teeth may begin to appear.

6 month baby development

6 month old babies enjoy touching objects of different textures. He listens carefully to his parents’ conversations and responds with appropriate responses. Most babies are also ready for the transition to solid food. Babies who are over 6 months old can:

  • Drops toys from high and watches their fall. In this way, he discovers the cause and effect relationship.
  • Actively uses both hands to hold objects.
  • It can turn in all directions.
  • Some babies can now sit up unassisted.
  • There are babies who can crawl this month.
  • Smiling to himself, he tries to communicate closely together.
  • Quick movements t can follow.

7 month old baby development

Babies this month often begin to sit up unassisted. Babies who cannot sit without support for at least 10 seconds at 7 months of age should be evaluated by a specialist. There is rapid progress in fine and gross motor movements. 7 month old babies;

  • Can drink water from a glass holding it with both hands.
  • Clap hands.
  • Listens to the sounds of objects hitting each other.
  • It produces many syllable sounds by combining vowels and consonants.
  • Can express himself by laughing, crying, laughing or screaming.
  • He may get angry when his toy is picked up.
  • Can begin to use spoons, albeit not skillfully.
  • He can put his feet in his mouth.

8 month baby development

Most babies start crawling at around 8 months of age. Even if it doesn’t crawl, it can crawl or roll to the areas it wants. Thus, it has become ready for brand new adventures and discoveries. 8 month old babies;

  • Can stand up holding on to furniture.
  • It moves constantly to explore its surroundings.
  • Takes a step towards being ashamed of strangers.
  • Can safely sit unsupported for long periods of time.
  • clap his hands when excited, send kisses to familiar people he is happy to see, wave goodbye when saying goodbye.

9 month baby development

When babies are 9 months old, playing with them becomes more fun. Enjoys placing and unloading toys in boxes or passing games. 9 month old babies;

  • Holds on to the furniture and steps into the sequence.
  • Can pick up tiny objects like raisins by holding pincers with thumb and forefinger.
  • Takes a step to use the words mother and father as an address.
  • Some babies can stand unassisted.

10 month baby development

The sounds that 10-month-old babies make are similar to talking. The more attention is paid to the sounds they make, the more they try to make sounds. Babies this month;

  • Can crawl and sort expertly.
  • Can stand unassisted.
  • He can walk when held by the hand.
  • His communication has increased and he sends smiles to everyone he meets.
  • He repeats the words his mother said.
  • In this month, he may start to fear the phone or ring tone he was not afraid of before.

11 month baby development

11-month-old babies are now beginning to understand the word “No”. Babies who have completed 11 months have become more autonomous. Babies this month;

  • Can take several steps without support.
  • Mom can say a few more words besides dad.
  • Begins to express his wishes without crying.
  • Can show by pointing when asked about something.
  • He may try to put on his clothes.

12 month baby development

Fine and gross motor skills of babies who have completed 12 months are quite developed. Their speaking and understanding abilities have also improved. A 12-month-old baby can:

  • He/she starts to use the simple words he/she hears.
  • It climbs to high areas.
  • It can open cabinet doors and drawers.
  • Can understand and do verbal commands.
  • Some babies can start walking this month.
  • Enjoys pushing, throwing and hitting objects.

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