There’s a saying that goes – you wouldn’t know the feeling of being a parent until you become one yourself. Once you step into the shoes of parenthood, your priorities shift focus and your world now centers around your precious bundle of joy. For first-time parents who are wondering what to expect of their newborn, our handy development tracker will be able to give you a clearer picture of what to expect for the next 12 months.

 

0-3 months old

In this stage, babies are still getting accustomed to the outside world environment. As such, most of the time they’ll be eating, sleeping, crying, and the cycle repeats. But you can look forward to many of her firsts – the first smile, the first coo she gives and the first time she makes eye contact with you.

  • Smiling in response to sound or voice

  • Shows interest in faces

  • Makes eye contact with moving objects

  • Able to bring hands towards own mouth

  • Gripping objects in own hands

  • Able to lift and hold head while lying on the tummy

  • Enjoys a variety of playful movement experiences

 

 

4-6 months old

During these months, babies are already starting to pick up cues and familiarise themselves with the surroundings. This is also the stage where some may begin to embark on a solid food journey, which also means diapers are bound to get a whole lot messier!

  • Able to roll body over from front-to-back or back-to-front

  • Uses hands to support self while sitting

  • Explores toys with both hands
  • Not easily upset with everyday sounds

  • Babbling to get attention

  • Can be calmed down with rocking, touching and gentle sounds

  • Begins teething and shows interest in food

 

 

7-9 months

On his way to becoming a toddler, your baby is getting more mobile by the day while perfecting the art of rolling around. With increased motor skills and abilities, you can help your little one develop his strength and coordination by being more engaged during play time.

There’s also good news for sleep-deprived parents – some babies may start to drop most of their night feedings and develop a more stable sleeping schedule. Since they spend the most time during the deepest part of their sleep cycle, it is not unusual for babies to sweat profusely during this stage. At times, you may also find your baby’s clothes to be damp in the mornings.

Protect his skin from overexposure to excess moisture with Ezerra Liquid Talc for optimal protection through the night. Simply spread the lotion across sweat-prone areas such as the armpits, neck and skin folds – the 100% natural formulation with an itch-relieving feature dries up to a silky, powdery finish upon application for a comfortable wear.

  • Starts to crawl, which includes scooting around

  • Able to sit without support

  • Responds to familiar, repetitive words

  • Picks up hand and finger skills such as squeezing, holding and pinching

  • Ability to show simple gestures such as head shaking, waving and clapping

  • Shows interest in playing with colourful objects

  • Participates in two-way communication

 

 

10-12 months

Being the last development stage in a baby’s first year, your little one is undergoing a transition from being an infant to resembling more of a toddler. Constantly on the move, this is the stage where your baby’s motor and sensory skills are rapidly improving by the day.

  • Ability to feed ownself by grasping food between the thumb and forefinger

  • Understands and obeys short requests

  • Expresses and recognizes many emotions

  • Able to speak repetitive words, such as “Mama” and “Dada”

  • Imitates people she is familiar with

  • Produces long strings of babbling that resembles a sentence to communicate

  • May be able to take her first steps

 

That said, development trackers are useful to have at hand but do remember that all babies are different individuals that develop at their own pace. Many infants may learn several skills later compared to others, and that’s totally normal! If you have any concerns about your baby’s development, a pediatrician will be able to help alleviate those concerns. Remember, there is no definite timing set in stone for achieving these milestones, so give some space and opportunity for your child to explore the outside world!