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The First Year
From a sleeping newborn to a standing child

0 to 3 months

The baby's appearance begins to change as she loses her newborn look. When put on her tummy, she will lift her head briefly. Her legs may still be bent. At about 2 months, the head will stay up at 45 degrees for a longer time. At about 3 months, she will be completely stretched and able to hold her head up. 

4 to 6 months

The baby will be able to roll from side to side and support herself on her forearms. By the time, she is 5 months old, her head and body will be well raised and she will be able to roll from back to side. At 6 months, she should be able to sit unsupported for a few seconds. At this stage, the baby's ability to twist and turn begins to develop.

7 to 9 months

At 7 months, the baby will continue to bend forward to support her sitting position. She will be able to sit up completely unsupported by the time she is 8 months old. When she is 9 months old, she will try to crawl and support herself on her hands and knees.

10 to 12 months

At 10 months, the baby begins to crawl with extended arms and legs and pulls up to a standing position. In the eleventh month, she will totter around with support. When she is twelve months old, the baby will probably be able to move around while she is supported.

Baby's first birthday

This is an important milestone in the physical development of the child. Beyond the first year mark, the baby's body grows in length, loses its plump podgy appearance, becomes firmer, stronger and more muscular with adult proportions. Balance and coordination are mastered and fine movements are learned.

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