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Milestones: Birth to 6-Months-Old | Baby Milestones Series

Updated: May 8

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Milestones: Birth to 6-Months-Old Parenting has been one of the wildest adventures you've been on so far! Late nights, early mornings, it's all starting to run together. What day of the week is it again? But you wouldn't trade it for anything! Now your baby's growing and you're wondering what milestones you should be watching for. We've compiled a list from trusted sources for you!

Want a printable? We can do that too! Follow our blog because at the end of this baby milestones series we will add a free printable so you can check off the list, have a list to carry to the pediatrician's office, and something for the baby book if that's your thing!

0-3 Month Milestones and  Normal Infant Behaviors In the beginning, your baby will do a lot of pooping, peeing, eating, more eating, sleeping, some crying, and more eating! That's pretty normal behavior for a newborn. A little stretch here and a few aha moments there, but for the most part, mom and baby are still functioning as one unit! Here are milestones you should expect to see by the end of the third month of your baby's life.

  1. will focus on black-and-white or high-contrast patterns

  2. focuses about 8 to 12 inches away

  3. begins cooing and smiling

  4. moves arms and legs to show excitement

  5. recognizes some sounds (hearing is fully matured  by this time)

  6. turns head towards a sound or voice

  7. the scent of his/her mother’s breastmilk is recognizable

  8. prefers to look at human faces

  9. while lying on tummy can move head side to side

  10. open and closes fists

  11. will make eye contact

  12. brings hands to mouth

  13. reaches for things

  14. beginning baby babble

  15. follows the movement of things back and forth with their eyes

  16. can lift and hold head up when lying on his/her tummy

  17. can push up briefly while lying on tummy

  18. will swipe at an object dangling in front of them while on their tummy

  19. settles down or smiles in response to sounds or voices

  20. calms with rocking, holding, touching, and soft sounds

  21. uses different cry for different things like (hunger, pain, tired)

  22. may turn toward familiar sounds and voices

  23. opens and closes hands

  24. uses a hand to swat (likely doesn't have control yet)

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4-6 Month Milestones and  Normal Infant Behaviors My oh my how your baby has grown! They've reached almost all of the newborn milestones, or the majority of them and are on to bigger much cooler things now! Developing new skills and mastering milestones takes a lot of work for an infant. At bigger milestones like rolling, sitting up, crawling, and walking you may seem some regression in sleep. This is normal and once your grasshopper has mastered the art they will likely find their new groove! Here are some milestones your baby should reach around the end of their sixth month of life!

  1. rolls from tummy to back and back to tummy

  2. is using both hands to check out or touch toys

  3. rocks back and forth on knees

  4. maybe begin crawling, backward crawling, and army crawling

  5. uses hand and eye coordination to grab a toys

  6. grasps and shakes hand toys like rattles

  7. puts toys or objects into their mouths using both hands

  8. can pass things from one hand to the other hand

  9. likes to play with people and may cry if you stop

  10. accepts entire weight with his/her legs while standing with support

  11. will reach for a toy while on their tummy

  12. begins to use consonant sounds like "ma ma ma and da da da"

  13. begins to copy sounds

  14. will take turns making sounds with you

  15. makes noise with their mouth for attention (like baby babble)

  16. lies on back and reaches for their feet

  17. begins taking a real interest in getting to things outside of their reach

  18. can transfer a toy from one hand to the other while on his/her back

  19. Generally happy when not hungry or tired

  20. begins showing interest in food as you eat

  21. recognizes faces and things from a distance

  22. begins to recognize familiar from unfamiliar faces

  23. holds head up steady and unsupported If you begin solids:

  24. will open mouth or focus as they see a spoon approach their mouth

  25. can begin to move the food from front to back of the mouth

When to Bring Things to Your Pediatrician's Attention Your baby is growing and learning things quickly. If you miss some of these milestones or arent'really sure they've done all of these things that's okay! More than likely your baby will hit most of these milestones. But, if at any time you think something may be abnormal, even if you can't explain it, but have a feeling you should absolutely contact your pediatrician. If your pediatrician is unable to answer your questions fully and address your concerns respectfully in a satisfactory way please seek a second or even third opinion.

You are your child's advocate. There is no right or wrong way to birth or parent your babies and there's no one more invested in them than you! Sometimes things are easily overlooked in a 20-minute pediatrician visit. It's ALWAYS better to err on the side of caution when it comes to your children.

Follow us on the book of faces or check back bi-weekly for our next blog in the Milestones Series!

Happy Birth and Parenting!

~Elizabeth Luke

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