Growth and Development, Ages 1 to 12 Months (cont.)
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What to Expect
Babies usually grow in natural, predictable steps, moving from one milestone to the next. During the first year you will see gains in five major areas:
Milestones by age
Each baby grows and gains skills at his or her own pace. It's common for a baby to be ahead in one area, such as language, but a little behind in another.
By around 2 months, most babies:
By 4 months, most babies:
By 6 months, most babies:
By 9 months, most babies:
By 12 months, most babies:
Premature infants typically reach milestones later than others of the same age. But they are usually on schedule for their expected time of birth. For example, a baby born 2 months early might reach milestones 2 months later than a full-term baby born at the same time.
Healthy babies who were born prematurely usually reach normal developmental levels for their age by the time they are about 24 months of age. Learning and thinking skills usually are first to catch up. Motor skills are often the last the catch up.
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