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Month-by-month

From helpless newborn to busy toddler, it takes just 12 short months for your baby to undergo this incredible transformation. Learn more about what’s in store as your baby develops.

Month-by-month

What's your baby doing at one month old.

Milestones in your baby's second month.

Getting into a routine with your three month old.

Your four month old - smiling, gurgling and cooing.

Your five month old - ready to crawl and the first real attempts at words.

Communicating, moving around and eating solids - your baby at six months.

Teething, rolling, creeping, sliding and communicating - your baby at seven months.

Curiosity, crawling and babbling that almost makes sense - your baby at eight months.

Developing brains through new experiences and speaking first words - your baby at nine months.

Mimicking movements, making eye contact and refining motor skills - your baby at 10 months.

Creeping, crawling, cruising, walking or getting ready to walk - your eleven month old.

Birthday number one - 12 whole months old.

Baby development

Your baby's growth is documented at every appointment they attend in the 'red book' or personal child health record.

Growth spurts may come as no surprise to parents who suddenly cannot do up a popper on their baby's vest.

First babies need to build up enough muscle strength to sit upright without support.

Babies need to learn how to crawl in stages, as they gradually build up their muscle strength and improve motor co-ordination.

 A baby needs to develop muscle strength to be able to roll over.

Your baby's first smile is bound to make you feel overjoyed, but is it really a smile because baby is happy to see you?

Babbling will start first, followed by the first words around the end of the first year.

Most babies generally start teething at about 6 months.

Check for childhood milestones and learn the signs of developmental delays.

Why do babies need tummy time? What is tummy time exactly? When should you start placing your baby on his tummy?

Massage can help boost your baby's circulation, improve digestion and bowel function and promote peaceful sleep.

Baby games that are fun and can boost your child's skills and development don't need to be complicated.

Parents of newborn babies are always anxious. How well their baby can see or hear are often big concerns.

When are babies ready to explore new textures and food flavours?

Swimming has plenty of benefits for you and your baby.

Long before they can speak clearly, babies understand the general meaning of what you're saying.

When will you hear your baby's first words?

There is a wide variation from one baby to another in learning to walk.

Sometimes the bond is immediate. Other times bonding with baby takes longer.

Confused by the large number of baby toys, books, and videos designed to boost your baby’s brainpower? 

Separation anxiety, where children as young as eight to 14 months old are afraid of unfamiliar people and places, is a normal stage in a child's development.

It is helpful to be aware of red flags for potential developmental delays in children.

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