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