Babies develop quickly because of rapid physical growth and brain development. This in turn  helps baby to develop thinking and language skills, and to grow socially and emotionally.  Most babies develop in typical ways and parents usually have a keen eye for what their baby is doing.  Parents need to remember that each baby is unique.

While your baby is moving along on his or her own unique development timetable, you are a key partner in this development. Your caring, nurturing, and safe parenting will ensure your baby’s best development.  Help your baby understand that his or her world is a safe and welcoming place.

Listed below are some things that children do by a certain age.  Remember, no two children develop, grow or learn in the same way, or do things at the same pace.  If you are concerned about your child’s growth, development or learning, we encourage you to contact your doctor, a public health nurse or the BC Nurses Help Line (811).

Birth to 9 Months

1 Month

  • Focuses eyes at 18 to 45 cm. Enjoys eye contact
  • Recognizes mother’s and father’s voice
  • Responds to voices
  • Startles at noise
  • Is alert 1 out of every 10 hours
  • Begins to trust caregiver
  • Persistent crying can start at about two to three weeks
  • Small cooing sounds begin

2 Months

  • Lifts head about 45 degrees while lying on tummy
  • May reach and grasp an object for a short time
  • Smiles
  • Studies faces
  • Enjoys visual stimulation
  • Cries to have needs met
  • Persistent crying usually peaks during the second month
  • Gurgles, coos and squeals
  • Responds to voices

3 Months

  • Holds head up to search for sounds and movement
  • Holds objects longer
  • Briefly bears weight on legs
  • Makes eye contact
  • Knows difference between parents and strangers
  • Persistent crying usually stops in month three or four
  • Begins extending vowels
  • Startles at loud noises
  • Enjoys being hugged, soothed and cuddled
  • Cries when hungry or uncomfortable
  • May cut first tooth (3rd to 6th month or later)

6 Months

  • Rolls over
  • Tries putting things into his mouth
  • Reaches for and holds objects
  • Turns head towards sounds
  • Coos, babbles, squeals and laughs
  • Likes to be soothed and held close
  • Responds to music and toys that make sounds

9 Months

  • Starts to creep or crawl
  • Responds to her name
  • Knows caregivers from strangers
  • Imitates sounds
  • Says “Mama” or “Dada”
  • Let’s you know what he wants by using signs and pointing
  •  Begins to follow simple directions
  • Stands, holding onto a support
  • Hits two objects together
  • Sits without help
  • Understands words like “no, bye, all gone, night-night”
  • Can turn the pages of a book
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