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Baby Milestones to Expect During the First Year

What baby milestones will your little one achieve during their first year? We share some of the most common milestones at each of the first 12 months to look out for and enjoy. Learn what they are now.

During the first year, there are many wonderful baby milestones to look forward to. With changes continually happening, it’s easy to miss the very first smile, coo and toy grasping.

That’s why we’ve made a comprehensive list of baby milestones you can expect to see during your little one’s first twelve months.


From the moment you first feel your baby kicked, you’re hooked and want to learn all about their development. Well this fascination doesn’t end when your baby is born, and if anything, it grows! To help you know what key things to look out for, we’ve listed the main baby milestones you can expect to see during their first year. At One Month Old
  • Starting to lift head and move it from side to side
  • Bringing their hand to their face
  • Turn towards familiar voices and noises
  • Has jerky arm movements
At Two Months Old
  • Smiles
  • Begins to track objects with their eyes
  • Make baby noises other than crying
At Three Months Old
  • Raises head and chest when lying on their tummy
  • Open and shuts hands
  • Imitates some sounds
  • Growing hand-eye coordination
  • Kicks their legs a lot
  • Has good head control
At Four Months Old
  • Roll over
  • Sit with support
  • Puts objects in mouth
At Five Months Old
  • Notices small objects
  • Starts teething
  • Reaches out to pull toys closer
  • Makes vowel sounds
At Six Months Old
  • Copies facial expressions
  • Reaches and grabs objects
  • Sits with minimal support
  • Opens mouth for a spoon
At Seven Months Old
  • Plays peekaboo
  • Imitates a lot of sounds
  • May self-feed some finger foods
At Eight Months Old
  • Chewing on objects
  • Sits unsupported
  • Gets into a crawling position
  • Start of separation anxiety
  • Drops things and waits for them to be picked up
At Nine Months Old
  • Recognises self in a mirror
  • Picks up very small things
  • Wants to grab spoons when being fed
At Ten Months Old
  • Understands object permanence
  • Pulls self to standing
  • Moves objects between hands
At Eleven Months Old
  • Starts to say recognisable words
  • Claps' hands
  • Waves goodbye
  • Is learning to understand ‘no’
At Twelve Months Old
  • Crawling well
  • Can bang objects together
  • Puts things into containers and pulls them out again
  • Pushes unwanted things away
  • Interested in books

There are so many wonderful milestones our babies achieve during their first year. Remember though, that these are only a guideline and each baby develops in their own time. If you have any concerns, chat with your GP or Plunket nurse.

We also recommended taking a look through the Plunket website which gives additional details too. We would love to hear about your little ones achievements. Feel free to share them with our viewers below. Fiona x

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