When it comes to milestone moments for babies, it's amazing how fast time can fly. Parents are always talking about how it just seems like the other day that they were on their way to deliver and then they were already onto the next huge moment in life. From their first day of Kindergarten to when they're walking across the stage to get their diploma, it's more important than ever to cherish the little moments in life. While it may seem like the baby stage is the longest portion, it's actually cut up into a number of different milestone moments that come quickly one after the other.
New parents try and research as much as possible so that they can be accurately prepared. From the multitude of baby books that new parents read to the long talks with relatives about what they can expect, it's hard to say if anyone can be truly prepared for having a child. Yet, even seasoned parents can have a difficult time remembering all of the milestone moments a child will go through in regards to development. While it may seem like babies are perfect in every way, it takes quite a bit of time for them to fully develop in order to maintain certain necessary skills they will need for the rest of their lives. These milestone moments are often captured on video and shared with friends and family but they can become forgotten over time. Whether you're a new parent or a seasoned veteran, test your knowledge about these monumental milestone moments during infancy.
While cradling your baby in your arms and cuddling them inside a baby carrier can be an amazing way to bond with your child, it's not exactly the way every parent envisions spending the rest of their life. There comes a time when babies need to spread their wings and start to venture out on their own. A baby's ability to crawl is the start of them becoming a bit more independent, or at least that's what parents tell themselves when they encourage them to start padding around on their knees. The excitement of them learning to crawl is often followed up by some exhausted parents trying to chase after them and make sure they don't get into something they shouldn't. What is the typical age range that a baby will start crawling?
When people think about reflexes, they usually think about instinctive actions like snatching back a hand when it feels something too hot or involuntarily kicking your foot when it's hit at the knee. Yet, reflexive smiling doesn't usually come to mind. In babies, there is a distinct difference between a reflex smile and an intentional smile. New parents can notice their baby routinely smiling or even smiling in their sleep. While this reflex smile can look extremely adorable in babies, some studies have shown that there's actually a purpose for smiles in babies. There is a notion that the reflex smiles in babies are actually designed to make the infant more appealing, which will make it less likely to be harmed. When can a baby start exhibiting a reflex smile?
While newborn babies can exhibit a reflex smile as early as birth, there are other signs of joy that don't come until much later. The first time a baby laughs is a monumental moment for parents and will inevitably turn into a nonstop contest of how to get the baby to laugh again. From singing "Baby Got Back" to making funny faces until it hurts, there is nothing that can warm a parent's heart the way the sound of a baby laughing can. Yet, it's important to know when a baby even has the ability to laugh since you might find yourself acting like a clown without your baby even hinting towards cracking their first, "Ha!" What is the general time period when a baby can laugh out loud for the first time?
Lift their head
When babies are first born, there is an emphasis on supporting their head. Their necks simply don't have the strength to carry their own heads and parents must take care in cradling the baby's neck when holding them or even passing them from one position to the next. Pediatricians often talk about head support when parents are trying to burp their child because the best method is often when they are propped up and having their neck supported to keep their head upright while they are gently patted on the back. Yet, there will come a time when they will be able to lift their head on their own. When they begin to exhibit this ability, parents are encouraged to help them strengthen it by small amounts of time until they can fully lift and hold it up on their own. When can a baby first be able to lift their head?
While parents understand that it takes quite a bit of time for babies to be able to crawl, that doesn't mean that they will lack all ability for movement until that time. The ability to roll over is a huge feat for a baby and can be a milestone moment to celebrate for parents. While it takes a bit longer for a baby to be able to roll over from their back to their front, it is easier for them to roll from their front to their back. This takes less neck and arm muscle strength and is the first step to your baby starting to truly move around on their own. What is the earliest age that a baby can start to roll over from their front to their back?
Apart from smiling and giggling, the cutest thing a baby can do is to yawn. Just to see an infant stretch out its mouth or even follow it up with a brief wave of the arms can be the most adorable sight to a new parent but it might not mean what they think. While yawning in adults is basically just an involuntarily mouth widening followed up with a deep inhale, these are usually characteristics of boredom or fatigue. There have been studies done regarding baby's yawns and they aren't necessarily associated with boredom or being sleepy. Babies aren't susceptible to "catching" yawns until they are at least 5-years-old but that doesn't mean they can't yawn before then. What age can babies take their first yawn?
Pull up and stand
When babies first start to exhibit independent movement, it can be a huge thrill to new parents. Seeing them being able to lift their head, roll over and crawl around on the ground is just the first step to independence in the eyes of a parent. Yet, there is something truly special about when a baby is able to pull themselves up on their own. This is the first step to walking and it's simply adorable to think that your baby is starting to develop muscle strength. It takes arm muscles for a baby to be able to pull themselves up to a standing position and it's amazing to see the proud look on their face when they finally accomplish this task. What is the typical age range that babies can start being able to pull themselves up to a standing position?
While it's adorable to see a baby crawling around in order to get where their curiosity leads them, parents are always looking forward to when they finally take their first steps. There are a number of different ways parents try to encourage their babies to become more independent with walking, from sit-in walkers to push toys. Yet, there is nothing like the moment when your baby takes its first unassisted first steps. All parents will inevitably go through moments where they long for the days when their baby didn't have them chasing them around day after day but they'd never trade in that moment when they first saw them venture out on their own two wobbly legs. What is the typical age range for a baby to start walking?
Full color vision
It used to be that all baby décor was concentrated on cotton candy pinks and baby blues with maybe some greens and yellows mixed in. Yet, studies have been done to show that it may be better for babies to have black and white tones introduced to them or even bold geometric patterns. This has caused many people to rethink the whole baby lamb and Noah's ark theme for their baby's room. Yet, the most interesting part about all of this is the fact that babies don't instantly have the ability to have good color vision. This is a fact that is lost on many parents, especially since babies can look so quizzically at the world. What is the typical age when it's believed that babies start to have good color vision?
Sit without assistance
There are a number of different baby products that help to facilitate the sitting position for an infant. While they may have been able to master keeping their head up or grasping at a bottle, the sitting position can be a bit tougher. The infamous Bumbo product has come under fire on a few occasions because it has caused injury a number of times. For parents still using the Bumbo, they are able to send it back to the manufacturer in order to include a seat belt harness attachment to avoid injury with use. Yet, many parents just leave the product as-is and make sure to follow the strict guidelines in using it to allow for sitting purposes on a flat surface. What is the general age when a baby can sit independently without any assistance?
One of the greatest joys of having a child is to be able to communicate with them and watch their personality evolve. The start of all of that comes with their first word and it's a huge momentous occasion for a parent. There can sometimes even be a competition to see if the baby will say "Mama" or "Dada" and, of course, it all has to be caught on video. While the first word is definitely a special moment, it takes a little longer for a baby to truly have the ability to speak. They may be able to repeat a sound or two but when they can truly communicate, parents become overjoyed that it's not just fits of crying to help them convey their needs. At what age does a baby typically start to talk?
Kick a ball
When a child is born, parents can be quick to try and get them to engage in sport-like play. This is especially true for little boys since sports are even a popular choice for nursery décor. Yet, it will be quite some time before you will be able to actually a throw the ball around with your son. In fact, hand-eye-coordination is one of the skills that doesn't develop until much later on. However, the ability to actually kick a ball can happen sooner than you might think. While parents are often quick to say that their baby's nudging a ball that's in their path is the sign of the next David Beckham, there is a difference between that and an intentional kick. What is the age when a child can typically be able to kick a ball?
Four block tower
There are some milestones that can go unnoticed with parents, especially if they are unaware of where their child should be developmentally. Yet, it's something that toy developers are completely aware of and that's why they often encourage baby toys that stimulate developmental growth. From the stackable rings to the colorful blocks, these types of free play toys are just what babies need to develop their brains. While it may seem like they are just grabbing at toys, there is a moment when that free play turns into a developmental milestone that should be celebrated. The ability to build a tower of four blocks or more can be difficult for babies of a certain age. What is the typical age when a child can be able to stack four blocks or more?
Scribble with crayon
One of the best things about being a parent is the fact that your child will one day make beautiful works of art, worthy of being displayed on the kitchen refrigerator. School is often filled with art projects that are brought home with pride and the weekends often include a coloring book or two to help entertain them on rainy days. Yet, all of that comes after the first time they are able to truly scribble with a crayon. While this may seem like an easy feat, it is actually a skillset that needs to be developed in children. From the physical ability to properly grip a crayon to the cognitive ability of intent, this is another milestone moment that deserves a bit of applause. What is the age when a child can scribble with a crayon?
Physical contact is hugely important to developmental growth and it creates a further bond between parent and child. While the newborn stage is filled with swaddling blankets and protective hand mittens, there will come a time when that little baby will extend its arms and initiate a real huge. This is a magical moment that is just the start of many more hugs to come, whether it's you or their favorite stuffed animal. While not all babies are big huggers, it's important to note that this is a milestone moment in regards to their physical and cognitive ability. What is the general age when a baby is able to truly give a hug of their own and respond accordingly to hugs that are bestowed upon them?
Peekaboo seems to be the ultimate fun time when it comes to playing with babies, especially since it can garner a good amount of smiles, laughter, and looks of surprise. People often make humorous comments about how babies don't seem to be too bright, especially when a pair of hands over a parent's eyes can truly make it seem like they've disappeared. Yet, the peekaboo game doesn't seem like it's going anywhere anytime soon. People love to see the looks of surprise and the game can keep a baby entertained for quite some time. However, a baby has to be at a certain stage in development in order to truly play along with the game. From their eyes being able to focus to the recognition of faces, this is a developmental milestone in and of itself. At what age does a baby understand the concept of peekaboo?
Using food utensils
When a baby starts to transition into real food, it's a huge step that really helps with all the various aspects of life. Even just adding a bit of baby oats to the bottle can help get a child to sleep through the night better and the start of real baby food is almost always followed up with the airplane spoon. Yet, there is a time when a baby will be able to self-feed all on their own. This requires a great deal of practice and hand-eye coordination to master and will inevitably result in food spilled all over the plate, the floor and themselves. Yet, when the time does come when they are able to independently feed themselves, parents can finally consider their child on the way to mastering their food goals. At what age can a baby start to master using food utensils?
Baby’s first flu shot
Anyone that has every truly had the flu can tell you how devastating it can be. While you may have thought you had the flu a few times, you definitely know the difference when the actual flu hits you. For children, the flu can be deadly and it is extremely important that newborn babies aren't around those types of infectious viruses. There has been a lot of controversy over flu vaccines, with some feeling that it might just be a conspiracy concocted by the government. Yet, that is something that the majority of the public simply has to risk in order to get their flu shot each year. Children are also able to get flu vaccines and pediatricians usually work it into their regular milestone vaccines. At what age can a baby receive a flu shot?
Hold their own bottle
The bottle situation for babies is a tricky one since everyone has their own ideas on breastfeeding. While some acknowledge the benefits of breastmilk, there is also a lot of pressure on mothers to forego formula. Yet, even mothers that breastfeed aren't usually able to completely forego bottles. Breast pumps are a hugely popular baby gift because it helps mothers with their lactation and it also offers options for fathers to join in on the feedings. While the beginning stages of bottle feeding is often just the parents trying desperately to find the right type of bottle and hold it at an angle to best suit the baby, there will ultimately come a time when the baby can hold their own bottle. At what age does this typically occur?
There's something truly special about a child's smile, especially when it's intentional. While babies can seem like they are smiling as early as the first day they're born, this isn't a truly intentional smile. This is a reflex smile that is an involuntary movement that can occur even when they're sleeping. Yet, an intentional smile really shows that they have control over their facial expression and are making a choice to smile. From being able to play peekaboo to recognizing faces to a funny sounding noise, there's no telling what will make a baby smile. However, parents continue to try and get their babies to crack that little smirk as often as they can. What is the age when a baby can have their first real smile?
A newborn baby is pretty much completely helpless during this first stage. Their neck doesn't have the physical strength to hold up their own head and it may even take awhile for their eyes to completely open after birth. Yet, there will come a time when your baby will seem much more aware of his surroundings and have increased strength in their arms and hands. This will lead to babies having the ability to grab at things and this skillset will continue to grow with each new month. While it may manifest itself with just a simple grabbing of someone's hair, it will lead to more satisfying moments like when they can hold their own bottle. At what age will a baby start working on grabbing things?
Solid bowel movements
One of the most surprising moments for new parents is that moment when they have to change the first diaper. The tar-like consistency and color isn't something that most new parents expect and it doesn't get much better after that. The completely liquid diet of either breastmilk or formula doesn't exactly help them to have solid bowel movements and the diaper situation can be a little rough. Yet, solid bowel movements aren't exactly what parents are looking forward to either. While parents are always talking about how adorable their child is, they seem to glaze over the taxing experiences of having to deal with the constant diaper changes. What is the age of when a baby will start to have solid bowel movements in their diapers?
Some of the most adorable baby photos in advertisements have featured bald little babies crawling around in diapers. From Pampers to Huggies to Johnson & Johnson, there is something to be said for a brand new baby without so much as a small patch of hair on top of their head. When new parents think about their upcoming new addition to the family, they often daydream about what their child will look like. From the resemblance to different parents to the shape of their toes, there are so many different physical features that come together to make the perfect little baby that is welcomed into your family. However, the hair situation isn't always immediately uncovered. At what age will your baby start to grow hair?
Direct eye contact
While it may seem like a baby is gazing into your eyes on the day they are born, this isn't really considered eye contact. Newborn babies haven't yet developed the ability to intentionally look at a particular object and won't have the cognitive ability to focus on anything, much less staring deep into a caregiver's eyes. Yet, there will come a time when a baby will be able to intentionally make direct eye contact. This ability will also allow for the baby to hold someone's gaze for a moment and there might even be a facial expression that will go with their gaze. From trying to start recognizing faces to widening of eyes, this is a huge monumental moment for babies. At what age does a baby start being able to make direct eye contact?
2-4 word sentences
While hearing a baby say "Mama" or "Dada" for the first time can be a thrilling moment, this isn't exactly when they will start gabbing your ear off. It takes awhile for a baby to stop simply imitating sounds and can actually start to form two or four word sentences. While parents used to rely on their own intuition and the level of crankiness in their child to know when they are hungry or tired, these two to four word sentences can seem like a blessing. Rather than just guessing what they might need at any given moment, parents are thrilled to hear something as simple as, "I need more juice." What is the typical age when a child is able to form a two to four word sentence?