Baby Development

Being pregnant is one of the most amazing miracles of life. To carry that life inside you for 12 months, nurture and prepare it for this beautiful world meant for a beautiful baby, nothing can replace the joy a mommy feels when it comes to pregnancy.

After you go through labor pains, it’s worth it in the end and you are unable to contain your joy and excitement! First baby on the go! Your parents are just as excited, if not more, to have grandkids. Plus, your friends are already continuously showering you with baby gifts.

Likewise, the late and sleepless nights are ahead but your partner is ever so supportive and you feel so loved. Still, there’s a bit of nervousness in you and we assure you, this is normal.

The Importance Of Learning About Your Baby’s Development During Its 1st 12 Months

Just like all new experiences, raising a child can be a daunting thing especially if this is your first. Similar to all new experiences, preparation is always key for handling anything with strength and grace.

Being knowledgeable about the changes you will be going through, knowing to handle them and understanding what you can do to keep your little one healthy during this challenging yet rewarding first stages will help give you that boost of confidence that you’re now among the superheroes in the world, a mommy. Furthermore, you will be guiding your youngling in the best way possible.

No woman is ever truly 100% ready for this (even those who’ve already had one or more before). But it’s always better to be prepared not just physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. So here are what you need to know.

What Happens During The 12-Month Cycle (Months 1 to 12)

Baby Development: 1st Month

You will notice that your baby will be growing at a quick rate. He or she will be looking around, trying to place a face with the voices he or she constantly hears: the voices of mommy and daddy. Also, your little one will be making eye contact with those who stand a foot or less from him or her.

Be ready for more cries than no cries during this month. The reward: your baby learns how to smile.

Baby Development: 2nd Month

Cute and chubby, your baby will be gaining weight. Instead of letting its eyes wander around aimlessly, it will be focusing on certain objects and faces and will begin to respond to auditory waves by making sounds with its mouth and throat.

Baby Development: 3rd Month

Smiling. Nope, not like during its first month. Smiling back. That’s what we mean. When your baby sees you smiling at it, it will be able to respond by doing the same. It will smile with its whole body, eyes, mouth, arms, and legs outstretched.

In addition to this, he or she now has a schedule, if you will. The time to get up, drink milk and sleep will be more regular and consistent.

Baby Development: 4th Month

Laughter and more laughter! Hear your baby start to laugh and giggle as you create playtime moments. On the other hand, this is also where crying ensues when play gets halted.

Your baby will also have the “mine” reflex here— anything it sees and is able to reach, it grabs.

Baby Development: 5th Month

Motion and movement will be your baby’s main prowess. Rolling to one side and holding itself up when lying on its stomach, these are some of the things he or she will become used to doing.

And because it already is familiar with mommy’s and daddy’s faces, it will constantly want you in its line of sight. If you aren’t, well, crying will be its resort to get your attention and make sure you’re around.

Baby Development: 6th Month

The 6th month will see your baby learning how to roll itself from the left, back to the center, to the right, and even on its back. Baby will be able to hold objects with only one and either hand.

The Next 6 Months: Halfway Through

Below are the stages from Month 7 to 12 of baby development after being born.

Baby Development: 7th Month

Expect a more assertive little tyke. Aside from rolling over to and fro’, your baby begins to crawl. Get those cameras ready, mommy and daddy! It has loads of fun when people are around it and tries to converse with anyone it sees through murmurs. Similarly, it tries to copy any sound you make!

Also, temper-a-temper. You will notice an additional emotion in him or her: anger. Yup, he or she is growing up.

Baby Development: 8th Month

Unlike during the month before when your baby just wouldn’t stop conversing with everyone, for the 8th month, it becomes a bit wary of whom to interact with and starts identifying those who are strangers from those who aren’t.

But be delighted to find that your youngling knows how to respond when you call out its name. It is also during this month that it teaches itself to sit up on its own. So independent!

Baby Development: 9th Month

Hear your baby tries to imitate the words you and your partner speak! In the previous months, they merely murmured. This time, it’ll be different because their words will start to sound like yours.

Also, guess what? Here, the crawling begins! Watch your baby lift its own weight and roam around the house on all fours. So adorable!

Baby Development: 10th Month

Exploring and testing its limits now that it knows it can move around on by itself, your baby not only crawls but tries to stand as well. It might also climb places it can reach or think it can reach so make sure you teach them which places are “safe” and which are not so safe.

Plus, this is where you get creative when it comes to feeding your little one. It wants to play and move around more than eat. Here comes the choo-choo train.

It’s ready to test more of its boundaries. Walking is usually a feat that they achieve during their 13th month but some babies try to walk by holding on to a support such as pieces of furniture around your house. Notice how it’s able to express different emotions from delight to anger, sadness to curiosity, and the like.

Baby Development: 11th Month

Happy 1st year to your now toddler! Time flies by so fast, doesn’t it? More walking around (with or without relying on furniture to balance themselves). To add, they will definitely be standing on their own without much help. More audible words will be a part of your toddler’s daily formless speeches.

Baby Development: 12th Month

Happy 1st year to your now toddler! Time flies by so fast, doesn’t it? More walking around (with or without relying on furniture to balance themselves). To add, they will definitely be standing on their own without much help. More audible words will be a part of your toddler’s daily formless speeches.

Each baby is unique and has different approaches and speed when it comes to development. The 12-month guide we’ve provided really is what it is, a guide, to help you set your expectations and therefore prepare you for the exciting changes and milestones your baby will be having.

Some babies might go through the phases faster than others or vice versa.  Either way, mommy and daddy, we know you will be the best parents you can be for your little tyke so be confident in your innate strength as well as the strength of your love for one another and your baby.

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