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Infant milestones

The first year of your infant’s life Is filled with important milestones. These are the kinds of milestones every parent looks forward to. Babies develop a tremendous number of new skills during the first year, both motorically as cognitively. It’s important to remember that every baby is unique and develops at its own pace. Learn about the 10 leaps in mental development in our Wonder Weeks app. Curious about how your infant will develop and which milestones will be achieved in this first year?

Infant developmental milestones: leaps

Infant developmental milestones: leaps

A leap consists of a fussy phase and a skills phase. Once the fussy phase is over, the skills phase begins and you’ll see that your infant will start developing all kinds of new skills and achieving one milestone after the other. Learn all about these 10 leaps in our app.

Your baby learns something new every day and it’s wonderful to watch. Some leaps can make your child fussier, but the positive side is that they give your baby the possibility to learn something new!

Important milestones for infants

Important milestones for infants

During the first year in particular, babies develop at a rapid pace. It starts with rolling over, first from your baby’s side to its back or stomach and then the other way around. After rolling over, babies learn to pull themselves along by their arms, followed by crawling and some even take their first steps before their first birthday.

They also learn to sit during the first year. An apart from learning to move, your baby will also communicate by more than just crying.

Communication milestones for infants

Communication milestones for infants

Babies communicate from birth. During the first few months, this is by crying of course. But your child will start to babble more and more and ultimately say their first few words before the end of the first year. Laughing, clapping with hands and facial expressions are another form of communication.

The first change in communication is when a difference can be heard in how your baby cries. Then they will start babbling, putting together vowels such as ‘ah’ and ‘oh’. At around 12 months, you will hear the first real words and various sounds in different tones.

More developmental milestones for your infant

Feeding milestones

Between the ages of four and six months, you can start introducing your infant to solids. Many parents look forward to watching their child take that very first bite. How will your infant respond to new tastes and textures? Will they like it right away or have to get used to something other than milk? Apart from solids, your baby will also start drinking something other than breastmilk or formula. Your infant will learn to drink out of a sippy cup and after that, a regular cup. Learning to feed themselves is another milestone for infants during the first year. At first, you will have to spoon feed your baby, but eventually your child can start eating with a spoon. It’s guaranteed to get messy!

Movement milestones for your infant

It’s special and wonderful to watch your helpless baby grow into a crawling, perhaps even walking child, who is increasingly independent and wants to do everything themselves. It starts with mini push-ups, then pulling along by the arms and then crawling. Before you know it, you’ll be spending your day chasing after your child. Some important movement milestones for your infant are:

  • Rolling over. This is a major milestone for your infant, which means that he or she will no longer stay in one place, but move around. When exactly a baby rolls over for the first time is different for every child and often comes as a surprise to both the parents and the baby. At around four months, your baby will start showing signs of rolling over. Most babies first learn to roll over to the one side and then later on to the other side.
  • Sitting. After spending months on their tummy or back, your infant is ready to see more of the world – from a sitting position. Most infants can sit with support at four or five months, but this is different for every child.
  • Crawling. Crawling is another major milestone for your infant because it makes it’s world a whole lot bigger. There are lots of different ways that infants learn to crawl. Some switch tactics while learning, while others persistently continue the same way they started. Whichever approach they take is completely normal, not to mention adorable to watch! On average, infants start crawling at around nine months, but again, some infants start earlier or later. There are even babies that skip crawling altogether and go directly from sitting to walking!
  • Walking. After the crawling phase, your little one will start pulling themselves up more and more and eventually stand independently. Your child may first pull up on a table or your leg and later on without any support. Because your infant needs to coordinate almost all major muscle groups at the same time in order to stand, this is a huge and important milestone and paves the way for taking the first few steps. On average, infants can pull themselves up into a standing position between nine and twelve months of age. Everything changes after that when your baby starts walking! The first time a toddler starts walking is very different for every child. Some toddlers take their first steps before their first birthday, but most start walking around 14 months. And some even later!