On the Grow
Your baby's first twelve months are filled with milestones -- every month brings a new challenge and a new triumph! Here's what to look for that first year, and some tips for helping your baby thrive.
- Not sure how much milk or formula your one-month-old should take in? On average, around three to four ounces at each feeding.
- It may not always seem like it, but your two-month-old is listening to you! Keep that one-sided conversation going -- you'll notice that he's turning his head to hear you and watching your mouth. He's developing his hearing and sound recognition, and he knows the difference between familiar voices and other noises in his environment.
- Give your three-month-old plenty of "tummy time." It's important for her to strengthen his arm and neck muscles as he starts trying to roll herself over!
- At four months, your baby might be ready for pureed solids, like cereals. Talk to your pediatrician about the signs of readiness, which include good head control, an increasing appetite that doesn't seem to be satisfied with milk or formula alone, and a significant weight gain.
- Your five-month-old can recognize his own name and understands that you are speaking to him when you use it.
- At six months, your baby might not be crawling yet -- but he will be soon. Now's the time to baby proof your home with child locks on cupboards, outlet plugs in outlets and dangerous or fragile objects placed well out of reach. If you have stairways, block them off with baby gates.
- Most babies start getting teeth between four and seven months old. Expect to see the bottom two front teeth first, followed by the top two teeth. Your teething baby might have a slight fever and/or an upset stomach; you'll probably notice some extra irritability as those pearly whites break through.
- Your eight-month-old is probably ready to pick up small pieces of food and feed it to himself. Try easy-to-eat finger foods like cereal and cut up bananas at first.
- Even though your nine-month-old has a few teeth, he's still getting the hang of chewing. Keep him safe from choking by continuing to serve mashed or soft foods that he can swallow without chewing – soft-pasturized cheese, well-cooked pasta, etc. Talk to your pediatrician for suggestions.
- Your growing ten-month-old needs to take in between 750 and 900 calories every day. Half or more should come from formula or breast milk; the rest should come from high-protein, high-iron and high-nutrient foods.
- At 11 months, your pride and joy will want to assert independence by feeding himself. Yes, it will be messy. Yes, he'll probably miss her mouth with the spoon a lot of the time. But he'll eventually get the hang of it.
- By a year, your baby might be "cruising" along the furniture or even walking all by himself! Most babies take their first steps between 9 and 12 months, and many are walking with confidence by 14 months -- but some kids will take until 16 or 17 months to walk totally unassisted, so don't fret if your child isn't quite walking at 12 months.