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Behaviors to watch for at various months during a baby’s first year.
One to four months:
Head control and 90 degree lift
- Month 1: Your baby should be able to lift her head briefly when she’s lying on her stomach.
- Month 2: She may be able to lift her head 45 degrees.
- Month 3: Most babies can lift their heads 45 degrees by leaning on their forearms.
- Month 4: Most babies can make it to 90 degrees pushing up on their hands and can also hold their heads level.
Smiling and laughing
Many babies laugh out loud for the first time when they’re 3 or 4 months old, although the first laugh may come later for many other babies.
Baby’s first laugh might be inspired by something as simple as seeing a favorite toy, pet or person (that would be you, Mom and Dad).
While these early laughs and coos are delightful to watch, they’re rewarding for baby, too — she loves hearing her own voice and seeing others’ reactions.
Once baby has discovered how to laugh, she may laugh “just because” — laughing feels good, after all, and it’s such a fun new sound to make.
Plus, with each coo and goo she’s learning and practicing how to move her mouth and tongue to produce different sound effects.
Reaching and gripping objects
Your baby can grasp an object from the moment she is born. At birth, grabbing is a basic reflex. But by the time your little one is three months or four months old, she’ll be actively trying to grasp things with both hands. She’ll work to reach and pick up favourite toys. By the time she’s a year old, she’ll have the coordination to pick up and hold small things securely in her hands.
Tracking objects with eyes
For the first month baby’s eyes will, for the most part, be closed as she sleeps for long stretches of time. When her eyes do open, she’s can’t yet track moving objects. Still, babies of this age generally do love looking at faces .
In 2 to 3 months old They will catch up developmentally. In all likelihood your baby will be checking you out in detail in no time.
By 4 months old, your baby can also track faster movements with her eyes, perceive depth and even grab at moving objects — although her hand-eye coordination may not yet allow her to actually hold onto the target of her attention.
interest in surroundings
Babies this age become more curious about their surroundings. They are getting physically stronger and better able to coordinate movements. Encourage the learning process by talking to your little one, responding to his or her vocal expressions, and providing colorful age-appropriate toys.
Crying continues to be a baby’s main way of communicating for many months. Aside from letting parents know that they need something, they might cry when overwhelmed by all of the sights and sounds of the world.
Sometimes babies may cry for no clear reason. As long as your baby is not sick or hurt, try not to get too upset if your baby cries and you can’t console him or her right away.
Your baby will respond to the sound of your voice by becoming quiet, smiling, or getting excited and moving his or her arms and legs. Babies this age begin smiling regularly at mom and dad, but may need some time to warm up to less familiar people like grandparents.
Recognizing familiar faces and interacting with people
Four to eight months:
Months three to six babies can use toys that create an experience , sound , sparkle …
- Ability to hold head in line with back
- can sit independently
- can identify things that are partially hidden
- Thrilled to move and attempt to crawl
- Experimentation with vocals
- Facial Expressing : like or dislike with smiles or frowns
- Demanding attention
Eight to twelve months:
- May be speaking a handful of words (GOOGOO)
- using furniture and walls to balance and try to walk
- May take first steps without help