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Physical Milestones for Your Baby

Babies grow and change right before our eyes, it seems, and there are always exciting milestones to be celebrated. Here is a list of some physical milestones to watch for during your baby’s first year of life.

2 Months Old
  • Transitions from reflexive behavior to awareness
  • Begins smiling
  • Begins focusing on faces
4 months
  • Responds to play, ie. peek a boo, etc.
  • Begins babbling and mimicking sounds
  • Recognizes familiar people
  • Begins rolling over from tummy to back
6 months
  • Can distinguish familiar faces from strangers
  • Responds to name
  • Puts everything in mouth
  • Rolls in both directions
  • Begins sitting without support
9 months
  • Has favorite toys
  • Shows stranger anxiety
  • Begins pointing at things
  • Uses thumb and finger to pick up things
  • Stands holding on to something for support
  • Crawls
12 months
  • Brings you favorite books or toys
  • Helps when getting dressed
  • Uses gestures such as waving or nodding
  • Says a few words, like “mama” or “dada”
  • Easily finds objects you hide
  • Walks along furniture or takes a few steps without support

Keep in mind that while most milestones follow a general pattern, each baby develops at his or her own pace, spending more or less time on a certain milestone than others. If you have any concerns about your baby’s development don’t hesitate to talk with your baby’s doctor.

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Angela Silva

Angela graduated with her B.S. in Exercise and Wellness and is a NASM certified personal trainer who specializes in postpartum fitness and recovery. She enjoys writing, cracking jokes, and spending time with her family, preferably while fishing. She shares many of her life adventures on Instagram as @angelagrams

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