Throughout your baby’s first year and into toddlerhood, they will go through an incredible amount of growth and development. In fact, they will grow and learn at a rate never again seen in their life cycle. However, it is important to remember that every baby is unique and will reach different milestones at their own pace. Here is a rough guide for when you may start to seethem trying certain things.

Crawling

Don’t be disheartened if they do not crawl as many babies opt for a different mode of transport

Crawling is a big milestone as it is your baby’s first method of getting around efficiently on their own. It can take a while for them to figure out how to move forwards and backwards but once they start moving there will be no stopping them.

 Most babies learn to crawl between the ages of 7 and 10 months, soon after they are able to sit well without support, but don’t be disheartened if they do not crawl as many babies opt for a different mode of transport such as bottom shuffling, rolling or sliding on their tummies. Also some babies skip crawling altogether and move straight to pulling up, standing and walking.

Walking

Your baby’s first step is by far one of the biggest milestones in their development. One minute they are standing up or pulling up and the next they are walking around the room.

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Their first steps are their first move towards their independence.

Most babies’ take their first steps between 9- 12 months but don’t worry if it takes a little longer. Some babies are happy to wait until they are 16 or 17 months. Once your baby gains confidence and their balance, you will start to find it hard to keep up as they are so fast when they start running!

Talking

Your baby will learn to talk during their first two years and throughout this time they are listening to the world around them, learning rules of language and learning how to communicate.

As they get older they will begin to develop and strengthen their tongue, lips, palate and teeth to make sounds which will begin to form real words. As they get older they will pick up words from those around them and between 18 months and two years will begin to construct mini sentences and will begin to describe the world around them and their feelings and thoughts as they become more confident.

Your baby’s first word is a very special moment, but don’t be too disheartened if their first word is mama or dada or vice versa .Your baby isn’t picking favourites; it is simply the easiest word for them to form!