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Discover the essential baby development milestones and gain valuable guidance to track your little one's growth and progress. From motor skills to cognitive development, explore expert advice and tips to support your baby's journey. Start celebrating each exciting milestone with confidence and learn new ways to promote their development!

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Development and Playtime Guide...

For a full guide on what to expect each month, head here for our baby development by month.

Watching your baby grow and develop can be exciting, but it can come with worry for some parents as to whether their little one is developing at the correct rate. It's important to remember that every baby develops at their own pace, so don't worry if your baby doesn't meet every milestone. According to the NHS, a baby's development can be divided into four main areas:

  1. Physical Development
  2. Cognitive Development
  3. Communication Development
  4. Social and Emotional Development

For more information on development in the first six months, see our guide to your baby’s development from newborn to 6 months old. Or, if your little one is over six months old, check out our guide to baby development up to 18 months.

In addition to tracking your baby's milestones, there are many things that the NHS recommend you can do to promote their development. Here are some tips:

  1. Play with your baby: Play helps them learn about their environment and develop their motor, language, and social skills. For more advice, see our tips for playing with your baby.
  2. Read to your baby: Reading to your baby is a great way to promote their language development and introduce them to new concepts. Check out our complete guide on enhancing your baby’s language skills.
  3. Get plenty of tummy time: Tummy time is vital for your baby's physical development. It helps them strengthen their neck, back, and arm muscles and prepare for crawling and sitting up. See the benefits of tummy time here.

Toys and games play a significant role in shaping a child's learning, and it’s key to provide them with toys that are fun and promote their development. Here are some of the best toys and gifts for child development to consider:

  1. Building Blocks- Blocks help develop fine motor skills, spatial awareness, creativity, and problem-solving skills. For more on choosing the right toys, see our guide to educational toys for baby development.
  2. Musical Instruments- Musical instruments are great for developing a child's auditory skills and hand-eye coordination. Check out our article for more ideas for sensory baby toys.
  3. Puzzles- Wooden puzzles are great for developing problem-solving and cognitive skills. Click here to check out more benefits of wooden toys.
  4. Art Supplies- Art supplies like crayons, markers, and paint help children express their creativity and imagination. Art activities are also excellent for developing fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination!
  5. Books- Books are excellent for promoting language and literacy skills. Here are five tips for introducing your child to reading.

Learning to walk and talk are two significant milestones in a baby's development, and parents often eagerly anticipate these achievements more so than others.

Learning to Walk

Babies typically start learning to walk between 9 and 18 months old. Before they can take their first steps, they must develop the necessary muscles and balance. Check out our article on simple ways to encourage your baby to walk.

Providing a safe environment for your little one to explore and practise their new skills is important. For more on this, see our guide to keeping your baby safe while learning to walk.

Learning to Talk

Learning to talk is another major milestone in a baby's development. Before they can say their first words, they'll need to develop their language skills. Some signs that your baby is getting ready to talk include:

  1. Babbling
  2. Responding to their name
  3. Recognising familiar words

See our guide to baby sign language for another great way to help your baby’s communicative development.