Your Baby's First-Year Milestone
(4 To 7 Months Baby)
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first year baby, baby first year, baby development
The baby begins to develop separation anxiety and begins to know meal, bath and sleep routines.

first year baby, baby first year, baby development
first year baby, baby first year, baby development

4 months   first year baby, baby first year, baby development

Seeing and hearing

  • More aware of distances
  • May be able to recognize different shades of colour
  • Able to change focus to see things clearly at different distances
  • Watches her image in the mirror
  • Fascinated by new sounds
  • Loves making and listening to different noises

Motor skills

  • Develops routines in play, such as pushing, grasping, watching and mouthing toys and objects
  • Sits up when propped up on pillows
  • Practices grasping for long periods of time
  • Enjoys touching and exploring your face

Verbal and social skills 

  • Starts listening to the language she hears at home and will practise the sounds
  • Starts communicating with new people by cooing, smiling and babbling
  • Chuckles in response to a playful parent

5 months   first year baby, baby first year, baby development

Seeing and hearing

  • Her view of far-off objects is less blurred
  • Able to focus and follow moving objects with smooth eye movements
  • Loves listening to music
  • Startles at the sound of approaching footsteps
  • Starts to use objects, such as her dummy to make different sounds with her mouth

Motor skills

  • Some babies will be sitting now, while others won't sit up for several months
  • With your help, she'll push against the floor with her feet and bounce
  • Rotates wrists to look at her objects  between her hands
  • At bath time, splashes water in her face

Verbal and social skills 

  • Practices consonant sounds like 'ma-ma' and 'pa-pa'
  • Enjoys family members taking part in baby-talk conversations with her
  • Smiles readily

first year baby, baby first year, baby development


6 months   first year baby, baby first year, baby development

Seeing and hearing

  • Knows the difference between a happy and sad face
  • Likes brightly coloured toys
  • Loves making and listening to different sounds, such as crinkling tissue paper and rattling toys

first year baby, baby first year, baby development

Motor skills

  • May sit up unaided
  • May scoot around on her stomach using her legs to push and arms to pull
  • Some babies may creep on their hands and knees, but others will still appear to be rooted to the floor
  • Grasping and reaching movements are much more accurate

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Verbal and social skills 

  • Uses a more distinctive babble when she sees people than when she 'talks' to object
  • The deep bond she has developed with her parents makes her shy of strangers
  • Enjoys being around siblings and other babies
  • Likes to perform to visitors: smiling, babbling and waving her limbs
  • Copies hand movements, such as clapping

7 months   first year baby, baby first year, baby development

Seeing and hearing

  • Intrigued by details of objects
  • Will look to the floor if she drops an object, no longer expecting it to reappear in its original place
  • Recognizes her name and looks towards the person who calls her name
  • More aware of changes in tone of voice of facial expression of other people. She'll stop what she's doing for a few moments after a sharp 'No' before continuing

Motor skills

  • Probably crawling by now
  • May try to pull herself into a standing position, holding on to a chair or table
  • Puts any objects she comes across through a familiar routine: examining, shaking, banging and mouthing
  • Likes toys with handles, strings or parts that she can easily grasp

Verbal and social skills 

  • Finds a particular babble she likes and practises it a lot
  • Passes toys to you, as he way of communicating: she may even put out her hand to ask for it back
  • Points at things she wants to play with


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