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
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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