New parents often find themselves wondering if their baby is progressing as expected, occasionally comparing their child’s development to others. It’s essential to recognize that each baby is unique, and developmental milestones can vary. Here’s a general developmental milestone guide:

One Month:
During the first month, babies focus on opening their eyes, eating, and sleeping. Around one month, improved head control and more extended periods of wakefulness may become noticeable.

Two Months:
At two months, babies typically start smiling. It’s important to note that smiling frequency varies among infants. Tracking, or following movement with their eyes, is also observed around this age.

Four Months:
Between two to four months, babies enhance head control, begin laughing, and may start rolling over. Significant proficiency in rolling over is expected by six months.

Six Months:
By six months, babies should be able to sit up with support. Cooing, making noises, and regular laughing and smiling are common at this stage.

Nine Months:
At nine months, babies should sit up unsupported, and half may be crawling. Exploring and putting objects in their mouths become prominent, necessitating baby-proofing.

One Year:
By one year, crawling is expected, and half of the babies may be walking. Babies may also utter a few words like “mama” and “dada.”

15 Months:
At 15 months, babies should say three to five understandable words, with vocabulary expanding rapidly. Most toddlers will be walking and exploring everything.

18 Months:
Toddlers at 18 months should walk independently and ascend/descend stairs under supervision. A vocabulary of 10 to 20 words is anticipated.

Two Years:
By age two, toddlers often exhibit a vocabulary of up to 300 words, engage in short sentences, and become more expressive.

Remember, these milestones are discussed during well visits with the pediatrician. Each baby follows a unique trajectory, and this developmental milestone guide serves as a reference. Specific concerns or questions should be addressed with your child’s pediatrician. Helpful resources, including a downloadable chart and CDC’s Developmental Milestones, can further assist parents in tracking their baby’s progress.