All new parents anxiously await and look forward to each new development a baby makes. It feels almost like a test to a first time parent. Many will worry and fear if their baby shows any delay in reaching the required milestone. New parents need to take a deep breath and enjoy the passing of the markers with a sense of happiness and a sense of melancholy as they realize that their newborn is morphing into a baby, toddler and, finally, a preschooler. Milestones quickly become fleeting memories of a treasured, golden time that cannot be recaptured once they are gone so take time to enjoy each new action your baby makes.
1) Head Control
A baby is born with no head control and requires the support of his parents. By the end of the first month most babies will be able to lift their heads for short stretches of time. By two months he will be able to hold his head up and look around from your shoulder or while riding in a baby pack. When a baby reaches four months old he can normally control his head fairly well and parents will cease worrying about his head lolling backwards. At six months your baby will have complete control of his head and neck.
2) Roll Over
Some babies can successfully roll over by two months of age but other will not achieve the task until three months.
3) Crawl Position
At four months old babies can usually lift their heads from the floor and push their top bodies up in a push up position. A few can even get their small knees under them and begin to rock back and forth in preparation for the huge milestone of crawling.
4) Sitting up
At six months old the vast majority of babies can successfully maneuver their body into a sitting position.
Crawling occurs from six months to eight months but a some babies sufferer a longer delay in the milestone. Most babies take off crawling from a sitting position when their parents least expect it. Be sure to have the camera ready to take some live footage of the memorable event. There is nothing quite like witnessing your baby crawl for the very first time.
At eight months old most babies will be able to pull themselves to a standing position with support. Many will pull themselves down a couch or other surface. Those first tentative steps build the baby’s confidence. Once he feels relatively confident he will usually release the support of the couch and take his first tentative step. Most babies plop onto their butts the first time but with each try they can take more steps on their own without support.
Walking is highly variable in babies. Many will walk at nine months old and other will not take their first real walk until they are past their first birthday.
8) First Word
All parents wait for the first word. It can occur anytime in the baby’s first two years of life. The most treasured words of “momma and dadda” are usually uttered when a baby is only four or five months old but they will become more widely used as the child learns their full meaning and the effect they have on you. First babies often delay talking for longer than second children. It is believed that second babies often learn words faster from listening to young siblings than their parents.
All milestones are a moment to rejoice when you have a baby. A treasured memory that will never be forgotten. Take the time to record each momentous event in a baby book or capture it in a home movie. Scrapbooks can also aid in remembering those precious moments so you can relieve them with your child later in life.