The first year of a baby’s life is marked by major changes and development. That first year can be a whirlwind, but parents need to remember not to compare their baby’s development too much with others because every baby has their own schedule. While they may be behind in some areas, they can be more advanced in others. Provided they are healthy and their development is being monitored by a professional, all that is required of the parent is to enjoy that first year of life.
Between the four and six month mark, the baby will have almost doubled her birth weight and tripled it by the end of the first year. The head size grows rapidly due to the quick growth of the brain pushing on the bones in the skull to expand.
Baby should be able to roll from their belly to back by three to four months, and back to stomach not long after that. By about six months, the baby will have control over their neck muscles and should be able to hold their head up on their own. Also around the six month mark, they should be able to sit for a few minutes at a time on their own with their legs spread apart. The arms and legs should be strong enough around ten months to begin crawling around on the floor, and by the end of the first year, they should be able to walk around furniture while holding on, and may be taking their first steps on their own.
While the baby will be making sounds after just two months, it won’t be until closer to the end of the first year before she is able to put sounds together that sound like words. She will understand a few words and will recognize certain items and names, looking towards them when hearing their name.
Babies develop on their own schedule, and as long as there are no huge delays, there is no cause for worry. It is important to encourage them, but also enjoy the wonder as they start learning new things.