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Baby Milestones – From Newborn to 24 Months

Your baby will be very busy in her first two years. With crawling, walking and weaning to contend with, she’ll experience a whole load of firsts. So know what to look out for (and roughly when you’ll need your camera at the ready) with this development milestones checklist. But remember, every small person develops at her own rate so use these as a guide – not a certainty.

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Month 1

You’ll be amazed by how much your tiny newborn can already do. Although she’s brand new, she’ll probably be able to lift her head and respond to sounds. Some babies can also follow objects, smile and laugh – but this is very rare.

READ: 14 PERFECT TOYS FOR NEWBORN DEVELOPMENT

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Month 2

At two months old, your baby should be able to hold her head up for a few seconds and follow objects with her eyes.

READ: THE BEST PLAYMATS FOR YOUR NEWBORN BABY

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Month 3

Around this time, your three month old will treat you to a very special sound – her first laugh (if she hasn’t already). She’ll also recognise your face and smell and possibly even your voice.

READ: YOUR BABY’S MOTOR SKILLS FROM BIRTH TO 12 WEEKS

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Month 4

No longer a newborn *sob*, your baby should now be able to hold her head up steadily and bear some weight on her legs. She may even make lovely cooing sounds when you talk to her as she’ll recognise your voice. Some babies also start to roll over at around this point and start showing the development of their fine motor skills by reaching for objects and grasping toys.

READ: BABY SLEEPING ON HER FRONT? LEARN HOW TO MANAGE IT

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Month 5

Your baby’s motor skills will have developed now so she can lift and hold objects – but isn’t able to let go of them. She’ll love playing with toys that make a noise, so arm her with a rattle or two.

READ: HOW TO BOOST YOUR BABY’S PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT THROUGH PLAY

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Month 6

There’ll probably be a lot more rolling going on at this age, as your six-month-old has developed her gross motor skills and learned the art of rolling in both directions. At this age, advanced babies can sit without any help and will have learned hand-to-hand co-ordination. Now’s also a good time to introduce your baby to solid foods and watch out for your little one’s first tooth, which may put in an appearance.

READ: YOUR BABY’S MOTOR SKILLS DEVELOPMENT FROM FOUR TO SIX MONTHS

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Month 7

There’s a 50 per cent chance that your baby will be crawling or bum shuffling now, which will definitely keep you on your toes! If she isn’t, don’t worry, it will happen soon enough or your baby’s gross motor skills may be so developed that she moves straight on to walking. Your baby may also be sitting up and making lots of babbly baby sounds, hinting at her language and communication development.

READ: CRAWLING – PRODUCTS THAT HELP TO GET YOUR BABY ON THE MOVE

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Month 8

Get ready – at around this time you could hear ‘mama’ or ‘dada’ for the first time. But be warned, one word will probably used for both parents. Your baby should be crawling around, too, and may even be pulling herself up while holding on to his baby walker or the side of his cot.

READ: WHAT’S YOUR BABY’S CRAWL STYLE?

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Month 9

You’ll be [insert sarcastic tone] happy to know that your baby will now have the ability to bang, drop and throw things as her fine motor skills develop. But on the plus side, further language development means he may also be able to make some word-like sounds.

READ: 5 WAYS TO TEACH YOUR BABY HOW TO TALK

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Month 10

Around this time, you’ll have a little cruiser on your hands. Your baby will have developed her motor skills so she can move around while holding onto furniture and may be saying ‘mama’ and ‘dada’ to the right parent.

READ: COOING AT YOUR BABY DOES HELP THEM TO SPEAK

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Month 11

Your baby’s walking skills will continue to develop as he works towards walking on his own. You can also start teaching your baby about shapes with toys that require your tot to put different shapes through matching holes.

READ: HOW TO BOOST YOUR BABY’S BRAIN DEVELOPMENT THROUGH PLAY

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Month 12

Get your camera ready – as well as celebrating your baby’s first birthday it could be around this time that your baby takes her first step. Don’t worry if it doesn’t happen right away, she’ll get there in her own time. Her constantly developing language skills mean she’ll probably be babbling a lot more and may say another word.

READ: YOUR BABY’S MOTOR SKILLS FROM SEVEN TO 12 MONTHS

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Month 13

Your 13-month-old baby’s gross motor skills may have advanced so much that he’s standing unsupported now. He may also be drinking from a cup, actively playing games such as ‘peekaboo’ and using two words regularly.

READ: HOW TO GET YOUR BABY DRINKING FROM A CUP

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Month 14

Your baby’s determination and increased gross motor skill ability means that he’ll be wanting to feed herself and might be toddler around and using a walking all by himself.

READ: 14 BRILLIANT FINGER FOODS FOR BABY-LED WEANING

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Month 15

Get the Mega Bloks ready – your little one may start showing an interest in playing and building blocks as her fine motor and cognitive skills advance. Her language skills will have developed so she’ll probably take a bigger interest in the names of things and be able to say around five words, too.

READ: BABY STEPS! YOUR TODDLER’S WALKING MILESTONES

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Month 16

Around this time, your tot may’ve discovered the joy of climbing and become obsessed with a particular cuddly toy or game as she learns to entertain herself – and could quite possible have a tantrum when you take it away.

READ: 7 FOODS THAT HELP PREVENT TODDLER TANTRUMS

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Month 17

Your 17-month-old child should be able to amuse herself for short spells of time now, which is great for her independence and language skills. She might also be chattering away to herself and her toys as she plays, showing linguistic skill development.

READ: 10 WAYS TO HELP YOUR TODDLER DEVELOP (WITHOUT EVEN TRYING)

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Month 18

Arm your tot with crayons and paper as she may start showing more of an interest in scribbling at this age. It’s also a great time to get out and about on a trike as she’ll be able to pedal and she may surprise you by saying phrases, rather than single words.

READ: 12 SIGNS YOUR BABY’S TURNING INTO A TODDLER

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Month 19

As your toddler nears her second birthday, you’ll notice she’ll start doing more things typical of a child – like throwing a ball and running. Mealtimes will become more interactive for her as she begins to use a spoon and a fork. As her language develops you’ll have more opportunity to have conversation over (and about) dinner.

READ: 5 WAYS TO GET YOUR TODDLER TO FEED HIMSELF (AND NOT THE WALLS)

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Month 20

Role play is a great game when your toddler’s at the 20 month point. As his self-confidence builds, he’ll know how to do things like pretend to walk his toy dog.

READ: 10 WAYS TO ENCOURAGE IMAGINATIVE PLAY IN YOUR TODDLER

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Month 21

Walking up steps is the big achievement of this month and shows how your little one’s gross motor skills are developing. Some advanced babies may be able to walk down steps, too.

READ: 18 THINGS YOU CAN ONLY GET AWAY WITH IF YOU’RE UNDER TWO

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Month 22

At this age, your toddler should be able to follow two-step requests and imitate other people’s behaviour. Her advancing gross motor skills also mean she’ll be able to kick a ball.

READ: READ: TOP 12 BABY AND TODDLER CLASSES TO TRY WITH YOUR LITTLE ONE

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Month 23

Just in time for her second birthday, your tot might be ready for a big bed. Let her guide you to see if this is the case. Her language skills will have boosted so she’ll know around 50 words and remember some easy tunes.

READ: 10 TRICKS TO SUCCESSFULLY MOVE YOUR TODDLER TO A FIRST BED

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Month 24

At two years old, your toddler may have some proper friends to play with and have some understanding of how to share her toys – perfect timing for her birthday party! She’ll also be able to correctly name pictures in books and will be able to talk about herself, telling you what she likes and doesn’t like. Some babies are ready to potty train at around two years old, but look out for signs (such as her telling you she needs a wee) before you start.

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