Babies develop very quickly during the first year of life.
They move from not being able to control limb movements to being able to reach for things and bang them together.
Cooing sounds begin to be more organized “jabbering” by the end of the first year.
develop skills quickly during the first year, and it can be hard to know if your baby is on track. In the first year, babies develop new ways to think, communicate and solve problems (called
cognitive skills). They develop physically and learn to interact with people.
If you’re not completely sure what skills are typical for this first year, take a look at this list of developmental milestones. It will give you a better idea of which skills are typically expected to develop at this age and whether there are possible
developmental delays to discuss with the pediatrician. You can also learn more about:
Bangs, throws and shakes things to see what happens
Explores everyday objects, both in correct ways (using a cup to drink) and incorrect ways (puts a toy in a cup)
Follows one-step directions
Shakes head no and waves
Tries to repeat words
Social and Emotional Milestones
Uses inflection and pauses to make sounds that sound like talking
Uses simple words like mama or uh-oh
Responds to name
Plays favorites with people
Is a little fearful of new things
Uses gestures or sounds to get your attention
Keep in mind that babies develop at different rates. If your baby isn’t reaching some of these milestones, don’t panic. But be sure to discuss this with the pediatrician. You can talk together about whether to consider an
early intervention evaluation.