The development of the baby differs from one child to another.
Each baby evolves according to its genetic make up and home environment .
Here are nevertheless some broad outlines .
Around 1 month
- When lying flat on its back, it can hold its head straight, and can fold arms and legs
- It can raise its head when lying on its front
- When held in a sitting position, it does not hold its head straight
- It is attentive to noises and may turn its head in response to its mothers voice.
- It stares and some babies can follow objects
Around 2 months
The baby starts growing.
- It holds its head straight for a few moments at a time.
- It can raise its head and shoulders when lying on its front
- It sucks its fingers
- It grows by approximately 1 cm per week
- It holds objects in its hands and movements are much smoother
- It follows its mother with the eyes
- It smiles easily
- Makes cooing and gurgling sounds
Around 3 months
The new born becomes a baby and enters its exploration phase
It sleeps less and less .
- Can hold its head straight when being lifted up or in a sitting position.
- When lying on its front can do mini push ups
- Responds with sounds and cooing when you speak to it and recognises your voice.
- Turns to loud noises.
- Disappearance of the grasp reflex
- It babbles, cooing and gurgles a lot
- It likes to be massaged
- It extends and bends its legs
- May bring hands together and bat toys
- Can roll over
- Its field of vision increases to cover 180 degrees
Around 4 months
The baby makes a lot of progress and is increasingly curious.
- It holds its head straight and does not require neck support anymore.
- It grasps and reaches for objects
- It turns its head on hearing a noise
- Stretched out on its back, it places its legs in extension
- Can weight bare on legs.
- It often roars with laughter and coos when you talk.
Around 5 months
- Can sit with support.
- Likes to play with his hands and feet
- Can differentiate between colours .
- Can distinguish between familiar and unfamiliar faces
- Is quickly frightened by a noise
- It smiles when it recognises itself in a mirror
Around 6 months
- When sitting, it can now hold its head straight without moving it
- Can roll over in both directions
- It stretches its arms out
- It reaches, grasps and releases objects easily
- Imitates sounds, blows bubbles and turns towards sounds and voices.
- It easily show its dissatisfaction.
- May lunge forward or start crawling.
Around 7 months
- It passes things from one hand to another without releasing its clutch
- When sitting it can use its arms to prevent falling.
- It can get around by crawling .
- It can remain seated with its back supported
- Likes to put its feet in its mouth
- Is able to pronounce some syllables and babbles : Ba, da...
- It needs a teddy bear
- Waves goodbye
Around 8 months
- It can remain seated without support
- It can hold a feeding cup or bottle unaided.
- It can pronounce its first 2 syllable words.
- Pulls itself to standing position holding on to furniture for support.
- Points at objects
It is easily attracted to small objects, socket-outlets and electric cables.
Around 9 months
It likes to draw people's attention.
- It stands up and can sit down alone
- It stands upright with some support
- It recognises its name when it is called
- It clasps an object between the thumb and the forefinger
- It eats with its fingers
Around 10 months
The baby's memory develops considerably.
- Crawls well
- Feeds from a cup
- Standing and cruising around furniture for support.
- It can find where objects are kept.
- Repeats a sound
- Says bye and yes
- It understands refusal and "no"
Around 11 months
- Stands upright while being held by only one hand or using furniture for support
- It can stand without support for a few moments
- Likes to eat with its fingers
- It understands simple instructions
- It repeats sounds and imitates gestures
- Says dada and mama
Around 1 year
- Walks alone or with the help of another person holding onto your finger tips for some support
- Opens drawers and cupboard doors
- His vocabulary is starting to grow - saying several words
- It understands simple sentences
- Indicates what he wants with gestures
- May disobey
Développement de bébé mois par mois
El desarrollo del bebé: desde el nacimiento hasta el año de edad
Die Entwicklung des Babys: von der Geburt bis zum 1. Lebensjahr