Its amazing how much the babies grow and develop in their first year of life. On an average, an infant will triple the newborn weight by his or her first birthday.

For the parents, the first year is full of immense excitement and anticipations starting from seeing their baby for the first time, the first smile, hearing the first words, watching him or her roll over, crawl … and may be take his or her first steps. Year 1 is unmatched and as close to a miracle as reality can get.

In this high growth and high development time, most important question parents always ask, “what are the milestones that my baby will have”

While most babies achieve certain skills and tasks at similar ages, it's important to remember that your baby will develop at his or her own pace. Your paediatrician will be assessing your baby’s development on a constant basis.

Here is a general list milestones and when they typically occur.

1 month

  • Turns head from side to side while lying on his or her back
  • Focuses on objects 8 to 12 inches away

2 month

  • First smile, usually occurs around 2 months

3 months

  • Supports body with arms when lying on stomach
  • Pushes down on legs when feet are placed on a firm surface
  • Opens and shuts hands
  • Brings hands to mouth
  • Grasps and shakes hand toys
  • Follows moving object with eyes
  • Recognises familiar objects and people at a distance
  • Begins to babble and imitate some sounds
  • Turns head toward direction of sound
  • Smiles at the sound of your voice

4 month

  •       Smiles more often
  •       Rolls over on one side

6 month

  • Sits up. Attempts to sit up will start between 4 - 6 months. They’re going to start doing sit ups like crunches where they are going to try to pull themselves up. This is a major milestone. Sometimes the lean like a tripod at this stage.

7 month

  • Rolls over both ways (stomach to back and back to stomach)
  • Tries to reach out for objects but struggles with objects that are out of reach
  • Transfers objects from one hand to the other
  • Explores with hands and mouth
  • Supports whole weight on legs when held upright
  • Develops full-color vision and mature distance vision
  • Responds to own name
  • Babbles chains of consonants (ba-ba-ba-ba)
  • Distinguishes emotions by tone of voice, begins to respond to "no"
  • Enjoys playing peek-a-boo
  • Shows an interest in mirror images
  • Start to creep - between 6 - 9 months start to creep, which is when they pull themselves and drag their legs behind them.

9 month

  • Pulls themselves up - most babies between 7 - 9 months will pull themselves up, they often do it first with the bars of their crib. Some even use furniture. This is the time to make sure that your house is child proof for this little explorer.

12 month

  • Sits without assistance
  • Get into hands-and-knees position and crawls fast
  • Pulls self up to stand
  • Walks holding onto furniture and possibly takes a few steps without support
  • Uses pincer grasp (thumb and forefinger) to pick up objects
  • Says "dada" and "mama"
  • Tries to imitate words and sounds
  • Responds to "no" and simple verbal requests
  • Uses simple gestures, such as shaking head "no" and waving bye
  • Points to objects when prompted
  • Explores objects in many ways (shaking, banging, throwing, dropping)
  • Begins to use objects correctly (drinking from cup, brushing hair)
  • Finds hidden objects easily
  • May develop separation anxiety and cling to parents
  • May start walking - At 12 months of age at lot of babies start to walk, but not all babies start to walk at 12 months of age. They stand alone for a few seconds at 12 months of age, and then they start to take their first few steps. Between 15 and 18 months old, some babies are already running. At 18 months old, some babies are taking steps backwards.