Memorable milestones Your babys first year

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Memorable milestones: Your baby?s first year

What a difference a year makes: Your baby’s fantastic “firsts”

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Memorable milestones: Your baby's first year

What a difference a year makes: Your baby's fantastic "firsts"

What a difference a day makes! From the moment your baby is born, every day will bring new and different experiences for both you and them. You'll want to keep your camera close at hand because there's just no end to the fabulous photo opportunities you'll want to capture!

We don't want you to miss a single second so we've summarised all the magnificent and memorable milestones you can expect to experience in their first year.

Don't miss a minute

Here are some of the fabulous moments you can look forward to enjoying and capturing in the first year with your little one.

Mum-of-one Lou says
"When my daughter was four months old we went on our first family holiday to Cornwall. It was great fun but also very tiring as she still wasn't sleeping through the night! But one day she was lying on the bed and looked up at me and smiled for the first time. My heart melted and it didn't matter that I hadn't slept properly for months – magical moments like this make everything worthwhile."

The first six months

Four to six weeks:
Your baby will start to smile – always a show-stopping moment! You can encourage them by making faces and noises and talking to them about what's going on around them.

Four to eight weeks:
During this time your baby will have their first set of vaccinations, including pneumococcal, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio and haemophilus influenza. Your little one may be a little upset afterwards but lots of cuddles and kisses should make them feel much better.

Four to 12 weeks:
Your little one will look like they're doing a mini sit-up as they lift their head for the first time from a lying position.

Three to five months:
As their arm and hand muscles develop, your little one will start reaching out for objects. To help them grow and develop, they need time and attention from someone who is happy to play with them. You don't need the latest toys and gadgets; singing, playing, reading and talking with them will help them to learn.

Four to six months:
Your baby will enjoy making new and different noises and repeat the same noises over and over again. Singing nursery rhymes and songs, especially ones with actions will help them to learn. If you repeat the sounds your baby makes back to them, they will start to copy you.

Five months old:
By now your little one can lift and hold objects and will often put things in their mouth to explore taste and texture. They will enjoy shaking things that make a noise, which is why rattles are such a great idea.

Six months onwards

Time flies and you're already halfway through your baby's first year. A lot is happening and they're clocking up lots of baby milestones.

  • By now your baby has hand-to-hand co-ordination, which means they can pass things from one hand to the other. Toys that they can pick up and move around will help
  • The Department of Health recommends exclusive breastfeeding until your baby is six months old. You can start to introduce solids from around from 6 months through the process of weaning Introduce a wide variety of healthy foods for your baby to explore new tastes and textures
  • Cups: introduce a cup from around six months and offer sips of water with meals. Using an open cup or a free flow cup without a valve will help your baby learn to sip and is better for your baby's teeth

Between six and nine months a lot will start happening to keep you busy and on your toes!

  • As your little one gets stronger they'll start sitting up without any assistance
  • Most babies get their first milk tooth at around six months and this is the start of teething. Your baby may become restless at this stage, but there are lots you can do to help such as giving your little one something hard to chew on such as a teething ring or a breadstick. For babies over four months old, rub sugar-free teething gel on their gums or consider giving them an age appropriate dosage of sugar-free paracetamol or ibuprofen

Seven months old:
By now your little one will turn to you when they hear your voice across the room. The more you chat to them, the better their vocabulary and communication skills will become.

Nine to 12 months:

  • At this stage you'll notice that your little one enjoys dropping things and handing toys to people, so encourage this by playing with them. At 12 months old you can start to teach them about different shapes
  • And they're off! Get ready for action as your little one starts to crawl and it might not be in the direction you're expecting. Some babies go backwards before they go forwards. Some learn to walk without crawling and others shuffle along on their bottoms! As soon as your baby starts crawling fit safety gates to protect them on the stairs
  • At this stage of development your little one will start pulling themselves upright and using furniture. Your baby is eager to discover new things and will start to climb so make sure low furniture is kept away from windows and that your windows are locked and secure

From nine months onwards:
Between nine and 21 months your toddler may start to make their first tentative steps. They will be unsteady on their tiny feet at first, but encourage them to walk with you – it may take you longer to get from A to B but it's a great way to help them and get some fresh air and exercise together.

Your little one at 12 months old

Congratulations: Your little bundle of joy is now one year old and should have reached more exciting stages in their development:

  • Even if your baby doesn't have any teeth by 12 months old they can chew on finger foods. Breadsticks, cucumber and chunks of cheese are all good foods they can pick up and hold in their hands
  • At 12 months old your baby will start to respond to their own name. By repeating words to them while they play you will help them to understand what these words mean. Try playing repetitive games with them like peekaboo or hiding something and bringing it out again
  • Your baby will now be eating three meals a day, chopped if required, plus breast milk or whole cows' milk and healthier snacks like fruit, vegetable sticks, toast and rice cakes
  • You should also discourage a bottle at this stage

As you celebrate your little one's first birthday you'll look back on all the fantastic "first times" they've had. Treasure these precious milestones and look forward what to what the next amazing year has to offer.

Remember that all babies are different and they don't work to the same timetable, so if your little one isn't crawling, sitting up or munching on finger foods exactly as we describe as above, then don't worry. However, if you have any concerns about your baby's development you should talk to your health visitor or GP.

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Memorable milestones: Your baby's first year

What a difference a year makes: Your baby's fantastic "firsts"

What a difference a day makes! From the moment your baby is born, every day will bring new and different experiences for both you and them. You'll want to keep your camera close at hand because there's just no end to the fabulous photo opportunities you'll want to capture!

We don't want you to miss a single second so we've summarised all the magnificent and memorable milestones you can expect to experience in their first year.

Don't miss a minute

Here are some of the fabulous moments you can look forward to enjoying and capturing in the first year with your little one.

The first six months

Four to six weeks:

Your baby will start to smile ? always a show-stopping moment! You can encourage them by making faces and noises and talking to them about what's going on around them.

Four to eight weeks:

During this time your baby will have their first set of vaccinations, including pneumococcal, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio and haemophilus influenza. Your little one may be a little upset afterwards but lots of cuddles and kisses should make them feel much better.

Four to 12 weeks:

Your little one will look like they're doing a mini sit-up as they lift their head for the first time from a lying position.

Three to five months:

As their arm and hand muscles develop, your little one will start reaching out for objects. To help them grow and develop, they need time and attention from someone who is happy to play with them. You don't need the latest toys and gadgets; singing, playing, reading and talking with them will help them to learn.

Four to six months:

Your baby will enjoy making new and different noises and repeat the same noises over and over again. Singing nursery rhymes and songs, especially ones with actions will help them to learn. If you repeat the sounds your baby makes back to them, they will start to copy you.

Five months old:

By now your little one can lift and hold objects and will often put things in their mouth to explore taste and texture. They will enjoy shaking things that make a noise, which is why rattles are such a great idea.

Six months onwards

Time flies and you're already halfway through your baby's first year. A lot is happening and they're clocking up lots of baby milestones.

  • By now your baby has hand-to-hand co-ordination, which means they can pass things from one hand to the other. Toys that they can pick up and move around will help
  • The Department of Health recommends exclusive breastfeeding until your baby is six months old. You can start to introduce solids from around from 6 months through the process of weaning Introduce a wide variety of healthy foods for your baby to explore new tastes and textures
  • Cups: introduce a cup from around six months and offer sips of water with meals. Using an open cup or a free flow cup without a valve will help your baby learn to sip and is better for your baby's teeth

Between six and nine months a lot will start happening to keep you busy and on your toes!

  • As your little one gets stronger they'll start sitting up without any assistance
  • Most babies get their first milk tooth at around six months and this is the start of teething. Your baby may become restless at this stage, but there are lots you can do to help such as giving your little one something hard to chew on such as a teething ring or a breadstick. For babies over four months old, rub sugar-free teething gel on their gums or consider giving them an age appropriate dosage of sugar-free paracetamol or ibuprofen

Seven months old:

By now your little one will turn to you when they hear your voice across the room. The more you chat to them, the better their vocabulary and communication skills will become.

Nine to 12 months:

  • At this stage you'll notice that your little one enjoys dropping things and handing toys to people, so encourage this by playing with them. At 12 months old you can start to teach them about different shapes
  • And they're off! Get ready for action as your little one starts to crawl and it might not be in the direction you're expecting. Some babies go backwards before they go forwards. Some learn to walk without crawling and others shuffle along on their bottoms! As soon as your baby starts crawling fit safety gates to protect them on the stairs
  • At this stage of development your little one will start pulling themselves upright and using furniture. Your baby is eager to discover new things and will start to climb so make sure low furniture is kept away from windows and that your windows are locked and secure

From nine months onwards:

Between nine and 21 months your toddler may start to make their first tentative steps. They will be unsteady on their tiny feet at first, but encourage them to walk with you ? it may take you longer to get from A to B but it's a great way to help them and get some fresh air and exercise together.

Your little one at 12 months old

Congratulations: Your little bundle of joy is now one year old and should have reached more exciting stages in their development:

  • Even if your baby doesn't have any teeth by 12 months old they can chew on finger foods. Breadsticks, cucumber and chunks of cheese are all good foods they can pick up and hold in their hands
  • At 12 months old your baby will start to respond to their own name. By repeating words to them while they play you will help them to understand what these words mean. Try playing repetitive games with them like peekaboo or hiding something and bringing it out again
  • Your baby will now be eating three meals a day, chopped if required, plus breast milk or whole cows' milk and healthier snacks like fruit, vegetable sticks, toast and rice cakes
  • You should also discourage a bottle at this stage

As you celebrate your little one's first birthday you'll look back on all the fantastic "first times" they've had. Treasure these precious milestones and look forward what to the next amazing year has to offer.

Remember that all babies are different and they don't work to the same timetable, so if your little one isn't crawling, sitting up or munching on finger foods exactly as we describe as above, then don't worry. However, if you have any concerns about your baby's development you should talk to your health visitor or GP.

Read more like this:

Let's go potty
From little cot to big bed
Little chatterboxes

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