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Alpharetta child care: How your infant develops in the first year

Posted on 10-07-2014


For expecting parents, knowing what to expect regarding your child’s milestones in order to track health, development and growth is a topic of concern and importance. Although every child develops at a different pace, here is a general guide to what you can expect during your child’s first year:

Month One:

  • Turns head from side to side when lying down on back
  • Strong grasping reflex
  • Follows the movement of objects with eyes
  • Listens to voices
  • Focuses on you

Month Two:

  • Can lift the head briefly
  • Looks for the sources of sounds
  • Develops distinct cries for different needs
  • Makes sound in response to familiar voices
  • Smiles

Month Three:

  • Can hold some of own weight when supported in a standing position
  • Can raise head when lying on stomach
  • Holds objects (but does not yet reach for them)
  • Increases vocalization to include coos, squeaks and babbling, especially in response to speech and interaction
  • Recognizes faces and objects

Month Four:

  • Increased head control
  • Can sit with support
  • Rolls from back onto side
  • Tries to reach for objects
  • Laughs
  • Increased hand-eye coordinationand is fascinated by hands

Month Five:

  • Teething may begin
  • Can roll from stomach onto back
  • Plays with toes
  • Fascinated by mirrors
  • Puts objects in mouth
  • Develops favorite toys

Month Six:

  • Starts to bear weight on hands (for crawling)
  • Can roll from back to stomach
  • Holds bottle without assistance
  • Has full head control and is able to look up/down and side-to-side

Month Seven:

  • Can bear full weight while standing with assistance
  • Likes to bounce while standing
  • Holds objects with a single hand and enjoys banging objects on surfaces
  • Responds to name
  • Babbles in response to people talking to them

Month Eight:

  • Sits without support
  • Enjoys holding on to furniture
  • Uses pincer grasp to pick up objects
  • Understands emotions and the word “no”

Month Nine:

  • Starts to crawl
  • Likes to pull up on furniture
  • Avoids/fusses when having face washed
  • Understands simple verbal commands

Month Ten:

  • Mimics steps while standing
  • Says and understands the words “Mama” and “Dada”
  • Waves hands
  • Enjoys getting reactions to things they do
  • Enjoys following pictures in books

Month Eleven:

  • Cruises by moving from one piece of furniture to another
  • Increased ability to manipulate objects, especially when pushing one object into another or rolling a ball
  • Expresses happiness when accomplishing something
  • Acts out frustration when he or she cannot do what he or she wants

Month Twelve:

  • Can walk with support (often just with one hand being held)
  • Takes first steps unaided
  • Increases vocabulary to three or more words and enjoys repeating words
  • Shows affection as well as independence

Although these milestones are important, every child develops at a different rate. Ample targeted mental stimulation is key to this development, and a family trip out to the beautiful and child-friendly East Roswell Park will give your infant plenty of sensory stimulation.

If you want your child to have a strong head start in life, Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of East Roswell is the ideal place to be. Our accredited program for infants focuses on boosting early childhood development in a loving, state-of-the-art environment. Unlike traditional day care facilities, we offer a scientifically developed curriculum that allows your child to grow in a way that supports optimal cognitive, socio-emotional, language and physical development. To find out more about this innovative program, contact us today.

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