Babies’ Growth and Development Guide


How fast do babies grow? It is hard to say. Though there are always differences in families and individuals, most of them develop at about the rate. The following is about the rate at which majority grow. However, remember that each baby grow and develop at his own pace and should never be compared with others.

Baby’s 1st Month

There is not much your baby will be doing this month, but sleep and drink milk. However, at the end of the baby’s first month, the baby can raise his head and neck while lying in his stomach.

Baby’s 2nd – 3rd Month

By this time, your baby can raise his chest as well. His eyes will follow a person around the room. He will also make simple coos and sounds when he is pleased or amazed.

Baby’s 4th – 5th Month

By the end of this month, your baby should be able to sit up if you support his back. But don’t push him too fast, or you may weaken his back. Let him take his own time to do this. He will also touch your hand and smile. Soon, he begins to laugh aloud. As he begins to play a good deal of the time with his hands, he will be glad to grab some small rattles and toys.

Baby’s 6th – 7th Month

Get ready to applaud as your baby will be rolling and squirming at these months… a lot. Now, he can also sit in a high chair. He grasps dangling objects and babbles freely to anyone near. He can easily recognize the family and knows when a stranger is present.

Baby’s 8th – 9th Month

At this month, he can roll over or sit alone, and he can also stand with help. He will pass toys from one hand to the other. By now, he has usually discovered that toys will fall down and make a loud noise on the floor! This is great fun. He calls for attention and stretches his arms for you to come and lift him up. He begins to practice such sounds as “b”, “p”, and “t”.

Baby’s 10th – 11th Month

As your baby draws near to his first birthday, he will show signs that can stand on his own and maybe walk with guidance. He creeps on his hands and knees, points with his fingers, plays peek-a-boo, and waves bye-bye with his hands. He may use one or two words, and call for attention, usually scolding the family when they fail to grant his request! Getting exciting, right?

Baby’s 12th – 14th Month

By this time, your baby should be able to stand up firmly, pull himself up, and walk from one place to another. He also notices other babies and begins to repeat words when requested. He understands simple ideas and may answer “yes” and “no” in his own gestures.

Baby’s 15th – 17th Month

Your baby can now walk alone unguided and perhaps climb several steps of stairs. He now can open boxes, recognize pictures of people and household pets, and hold a pencil in an attempt to mark familiar objects.

Baby’s 18th – 21st Month

Your baby should be very active by now, climbing onto the furniture and going inside open cabinets. He jumps and explores everything in and around the house. He obeys simple commands and forms simple sentences of his own. If he is a normal child and still is not speaking at this time, it is not because he does not understand. For some reasons he hesitates to start talking just yet. Some, however, may surprise you with long sentences! His mind is keen in spite of the apparent delay. If his reactions seem to be normal, don’t worry. He will soon make up for any slowness in starting to talk.

Again, if your baby’s behavior is not similar to the guide above, there is nothing to worry about. Different babies develop differently, so you should just observe them closely and be there for them as they explore the world around them.