Babies Milestones 1-5 Month: A Guide to Your Baby’s Development

Babies Milestones 1-5 Month – Welcoming a newborn into your family is one of the most exciting moments in life. While every baby develops at their own pace, it’s important to know what to expect during their first few months of life. In this article, we’ll cover the most common milestones that babies typically reach between 1-5 months of age.

Babies Milestones 1-5 Month

Babies Milestones 1-5 Month


In this first month, new babies are usually working on the following skils:
– Turning head from side to side
– Lifting head for a second while lying on belly
– Bringing fists in toward face
– Checking out human faces and maybe high-contrast patterns
– Visually tracking moving objects that are in close range (eyes may cross at this age as eye muscles are still developing}
– Perhaps turning head toward familiar voices and sounds


During the second month, your baby is busy:
– Working on lifting up shoulders while lying on belly
– Holding head steady while sitting
– Becoming aware of own fingers
– Relinquishing grasp reflex
– Straightening out legs and strengthening kicks
– Focusing on objects moving across field of vision
– Cooing and making sounds
– Recognizing parents’ faces, being reassured by parents’ touch
– Learning to smile in response to parents’ smiles
– Learning to smile Spontaneously to express happiness or contentment


During the third month, your baby is busy:

– Raising head and chest to look around while lying on belly
– Working on supporting upper body with arms while lying on belly
– Holding head steady for longer periods while sitting
– Playing with hands at eye level
– Trying to bring hands to mouth
– Swiping at dangling objects
– Opening and closing hands, stretching fingers wide
– Holding toys briefly
– Stretching and kicking legs
– Developing distance vision
– Recognizing familiar people and objects from a distance
– Using eyes and hands in coordination
– Distinguishing between different colors, tastes and smells
– Increasing repertoire of sounds to include squealing, growling, consonant sounds and maybe even giggling
– Turning head toward sound
– Making eye contact
– Enjoying family and familiar faces, maybe even new people
– Using expanding communication skills to express emerging emotions
– Imitating some sounds, movements and facial expressions
– Learning to self-entertain


During the fourth month, your baby is busy:
– Pushing up on elbows and hands to look around when lying on belly
– Sitting supported with head steady y
– Practicing moves that enable rolling over
– Bearing weight on legs, bouncing with arms supported
– Grasping and shaking toys, practicing letting go
– Bringing hands to mouth, exploring items with mouth
– Studying small items
– Gazing at things in the distance
– Looking for the source of a sound
– Becoming more communicative with body language and vocalizations
– Laughing
– Imitating language sounds
– Engaging in back-and-forth “conversations” with you
– Enjoying playing with others, capturing attention


During the fifth month, your baby is busy:
– Perfecting mini-pushups while lying on belly
– Sitting balanced by hands on floor in front (tripod style)
– Bearing weight on legs
– Rolling over from front to back, maybe even back to front
– Working to get to a toy
– Grasping with both hands
– Exploring with mouth
– Studying small objects
– Locating sounds and voices by turning head
– Imitating speech sounds
– Repeating single sounds
– Laughing, squealing
– Expressing dislikes, making faces
– Enjoying playing with others, crying when playing stops

Book Source: Mayo Clinic Guide to Your Baby’s First Years

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