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Your growing baby

  • Developmental milestones are skills like sitting and walking.
  • Your baby's provider can help track your baby's milestones.
  • Babies develop at their own pace. No two are exactly alike.
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Growing in leaps and bounds

It’s amazing how fast your baby grows! Seems like she was born just yesterday, and now she’s walking and talking and getting ready to graduate. Well, maybe she’s not growing that fast!

In this topic, learn about your baby’s developmental milestones. These are tasks or skills, like rolling over, sitting up, walking and talking, that your baby learns to do as she grows. Use these milestones as guidelines to help make sure your baby’s developing at the right pace.


Baby milestones

  • 1 month: Makes fists
  • 3 months: Imitates sounds
  • 7 months: Sits up, responds to name
  • 1st year: Crawls, says "mama"
  • 2nd year: Walks, uses simple phrases

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know my baby is growing the way he should?

During the first year of life, your baby will grow and develop at an amazing pace. Your baby's weight will double by 5 to 6 months, and triple by the first year. Major achievements - called developmental milestones - include rolling over, sitting up, standing and possibly walking. And your heart will likely melt at the sound of "mama" or "dada."

Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, behave and move (crawling, walking, etc.). Your baby's health care provider will evaluate your baby's development at each well-baby visit. Remember: Always talk to your child's health care professional if you think your baby is lagging behind. It's important to know that no two babies are exactly alike. Children grow and develop at different paces.

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