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Baby's First Year - Development Timeline

A helpful guide to the milestones your baby will be reaching as they grow.


1 - 4 Weeks

  • Loves looking at faces: Your new baby will be happy looking at people's faces and begin to recognise their parents.
  • Startled by sudden noises: Baby will begin to react to loud noises and may be startled by sudden, new noises.


4 - 6 Weeks

  • The smiles begin: You will notice your baby reacting to their surroundings and starting to smile.


6 - 8 Weeks

  • Vaccinations and full health checkAround this time your baby will be due to have their DTaP/IPV/Hib, pneumococcal and rotavirus vaccinations this month. At this time they will also be given a full health check to make sure baby is progressing as expected.


4 - 12 Weeks

  • Lifts their headBaby will be able to start lifting their head whilst laying on their front.


3 Months


3 - 5 Months

  • Muscles will start to develop: You baby will be able to start holding and reaching out for objects.


4 - 6 Months

  • Baby begins to babble and make noises: Babies will start to enjoy making noise and start to make repetitive sounds. Playing, reading and music will help this development.


4 Months

  • Vaccinations due: Your baby will be given vaccinations against pneumococcal and diptheria, tetanus pertussis (whooping cough), polio and haemophilus influenzae type b.


5 Months

  • Baby starts holding objects: Your baby will start to lift and hold objects but will be unable to let go of them. More often than not they will put these objects in their mouth to explore it. They will enjoy objects that make a noise such as rattles.


6 Months

  • Hand to hand coordination: Your baby will begin passing objects from one hand to another, give them toys to move to help with this development. 
  • Starts to eat solids: Six months is the best age to start introducing a baby to solid food ( known as weaning). Foods such as fruit, vegetables and yoghurt will benefit the health of you baby.


6 - 8 Months

  • Sitting without support: Your baby will now be strong enough to sit up by themselves. If your baby cannot sit without support at 9 months talk to your GP or health visitor.


6 - 9 Months

  • Teething: Milk teeth will typically start to appear at around 6 months, usually at bottom front. Baby may become upset and restless due to the pain but there are plenty of ways to help relieve teething pain. 
  • Crawling: Babies will approach crawling in different ways, some will crawl backwards before mastering forwards, other will merely shuffle across the floor on their bottom whilst some babies will not crawl at all and go straight to walking, development will vary in every child. 
  • Standing upright: Your baby will begin to use furniture to pull themselves upright and stand.


9 - 11 Months

  • Learns to let go of objects: Babies will now begin to be able to hand objects to people and drop things, they will enjoy doing this.


10 - 18 Months

  • Walking without help: Although they may be a little wobbly, your baby will begin trying to walk on their own.


1 Year

  • Responds to their own name: Children will begin to understand the meaning of words the more you use them so try repeating words as you play. Repetitive games such as peekaboo will also help. 
  • Health review: Your child will now be due their one year full health review, this provides an opportunity to assess development and discuss any concerns you may have. 
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