If you’re expecting your first child, there’s a good chance you’re wondering about the normal growth and behavior patterns that your little one should follow. While there are norms that most children follow, you need to realize that all children, especially as babies, are very different. Just because your child doesn’t reach a certain milestone at a particular age doesn’t mean something is wrong. On the other hand, if you notice several milestones that aren’t being met on time, you would of course want to speak with your child’s pediatrician about your concerns. As for now, though, let’s take a quick look at several common growth and behavior patterns you can expect to see during your child’s first year of life.
The First Month
During the first month, your infant is going to sleep and eat a lot. In fact, these two activities will be the primary focus of your child’s life. You may even wonder how a human being could eat and sleep as much as your baby, but what you need to realize is that it’s perfectly normal. Don’t expect any type of normal schedule either. If you get blessed with a child who abides by a normal routine, then take full advantage of it because most babies don’t give a hoot about your schedule. Instead, they will eat and sleep as they please regardless of whether or not it’s an inconvenience to you.
The Second and Third Months
Now is the time that your baby will start staying awake for longer periods of time. You may even be able to keep your little one awake for one to two hours at a time without him or her needing to eat or sleep. Smiling and laughing will really start to take over during these months as well. If you’re looking to squeeze a quick laugh from your baby, play peek-a-boo or make a silly face.
The Fourth and Fifth Months
This is when you yourself may start getting a little more sleep and so will your baby. In fact, many babies start sleeping the whole night through (eight hours straight) when they are four to five months old. Remember though, even if your child is sleeping all night long, get up at least three to four times to check on him or her. Your little one should start acting as if he or she wants to roll over as well at this age.
The Sixth Month
And this is when the craziness starts. One minute you’re holding your little one and the next he or he is sitting up without your help. During the sixth month, both sitting up, rolling over and possibly even crawling should be started. If your child isn’t crawling by now, there’s no need to be alarmed. Some babies don’t start crawling until their at least eight months old.
The Seventh and Eighth Month
And the race begins. Your child should be crawling by now, and believe it or not, there are some children who are walking at this age; however, it’s not very common. It is common, however, for your child to be pulling him or herself up on furniture and walking around it. Your child may also be saying a few words by now. Two of the most common words said at this age are mama and da-da.
The Ninth Month
Your little one is probably starting to look a little more grown up now. In fact, from saying two to three words to waving bye, nine months old is time period in which many babies really progress. Once again, if your child has yet to say his or her first word, this is no big deal, but waving bye is something that your child should be doing, or at least trying to. He or she should also be trying to say the word bye-bye when waving.