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What to Expect During Your Baby’s First Year

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Did you know more babies are born in August than any other month of the year? If you’re a new parent (or soon to be!), you may be wondering what to expect in the next few months as your baby grows. From the first smile to the first laugh, there are many exciting milestones in store, as well as some not-so-fun ones!

First Smile

By 2 months of age, you’ll start to see a smile appear on your baby’s face. The sound of your voice or sight of your face may be all that’s needed to trigger a grin. Sometimes a smile may indicate your baby is passing gas! Gas and colic can be common in newborns, but these issues usually go away by 4 months of age when their digestive system matures.

First Laugh

Your baby will spend the first few months of their life listening to everything around them. Between 4 and 6 months old, they finally start to have a voice of their own. Instead of the crying and tears that you’re used to, you’ll begin hearing the new sound of their lovely laugh.

First Tooth

Your child’s gummy grin will get an upgrade when that first tooth arrives around the six-month mark. Teeth usually come in pairs, and the lower central incisors are typically the first to poke through. Then it’s time to begin a baby brushing routine.

First Solid Food

With new teeth to chew and chomp, most babies will be able to try solid foods for the first time at 6 months old. Solid food will be a thrilling experience filled with new textures and flavors for your little one to discover, so make sure you have a camera and a bib ready!

First Cold

Babies are delicate, and so are their body’s defenses. It’s normal for them to catch up to seven colds in their first year of life, or more if they attend daycare. That first sniffle isn’t a milestone you’re necessarily excited for, but it is inevitable part of your child’s development.

In the months that follow, your baby will reach even more milestones like walking and talking. Keep in mind that these are only guidelines and it’s not unusual for healthy babies to develop at their own pace. Always speak to your child’s health care provider if you have concerns.

Visit our Baby Wellness Center for more tips and advice to help you survive baby’s first year.

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