When many parents think about their baby’s first milestones, they often think about sitting up, crawling, or walking; the major milestones. There are quite a few milestones that often get overlooked, such as the first time a baby actually enjoys playing peek-a-boo, bats at something that is dangling, or even the first time a baby recognizes someone or something from a distance.
Those are just a few of the many “minor” milestones that a baby surpasses as they grow older each and every day. Although please keep in mind that every child develops at different rates and continue reading to find out some more of baby’s first milestones that often get overlooked.
10 Your Baby Swipes And Bats At Dangling Objects
Anytime between 1-3 months of age, a baby will start to swipe and bat at objects that dangle in front of them.
It can be completely adorable watching a baby bat at an object that is dangling from their play area or that mom or dad is holding in front of them. It is even so much more adorable than watching a kitten bat at a ball of yarn! Dangling objects have also been known to distract babies from their tears when they are upset.
9 Your Baby Recognizes A Person Or Object In The Distance
Before babies are one-month-old, they can generally only see 8 to 10 inches away from their faces – about the distance of a baby glancing up at its mother's loving face while being cradled.
But by the time they are 1-3 months old, they are finally able to start recognizing people and objects from a distance. The first time a baby lights up from seeing one of their parents from across the room can feel completely amazing.
8 Your Baby Becomes Interested In Primary Colors
When babies are first born, according to WebMd.com, they see in “black and white, with shades of gray.” When they get a little bit older, generally around 4-months-old, they start to see more colors. They also usually gain an interest in primary colors around that time.
This is a milestone that may be hard to pick up on, but you can help your little one gain an interest in primary colors – red, yellow, and blue – by showing him or her objects that are one of those colors. Try to take notice of when your baby gets excited to see one of them.
7 Your Baby Opens And Shuts Their Hands
Sometime before the end of your child’s third month of life, they will begin to start open and closing their hands voluntarily; perhaps at times just because they can. This is an accomplishment for your baby since opening and closing hands is a major part of grabbing objects and items that they desire to have or that they need.
Some babies may be able to do this much sooner than others, but keep in mind that every child develops at their own rate.
6 Your Baby Smiles At The Sound Of Your Voice
When babies are first born, they have something called an involuntary smile or a reflex smile. It is not something they start out doing because they are happy or excited. But, their real smile will start to develop anytime around one and a half months of age anywhere to the end of their third month of life.
Around this time, your little one will start to smile at the sound of your voice; something that they become familiar with at a very, very young age. Just imagine the first time your baby smiles when you say that you love them. It’s a nice thought, isn’t it?
5 Your Baby Enjoys Playing With Others
A simple milestone that often gets overlooked is when a baby begins to enjoy playing with others. When they are just born, they don’t really respond back too much voluntarily, but by the end of their third month of life, they will start to really appreciate it.
So, make sure to start playing with your child with their age-appropriate toys early on so that you will be able to catch your baby smiling for the first time when you begin to play with them.
4 Your Baby Reaches For Objects With Their Hands
Babies usually start to grasp at things that are in front of them when they are very young. But they won’t fully voluntarily reach for the objects that they want or need until somewhere around their seventh month of life.
By this time, you really should start watching what is within your baby’s reach so that he or she doesn’t grab anything that isn’t baby safe. You will be able to tell when your child hits this milestone because you will see them with their arms stretched out. Your little one may even start reaching their arms up to be held by you or someone else.
3 Your Baby Transfers Objects From One Hand To Another
Your baby is not born with the ability to transfer objects, such as their toys or even a pacifier, from hand to hand until they are somewhere within their seventh months of life.
This is something that some babies start to do sooner than others while other children may not be able to do this until they are older. It is part of their coordination and motor skills that start to develop as your child gets older.
2 Your Baby Enjoys Playing Peek-A-Boo
This next milestone that often gets overlooked is quite similar to when your child hits the milestone where they enjoy playing with others around 3-months-old. However, it is not the exact same since your child’s ability to play peek-a-boo doesn’t fully develop until somewhere around the end of their seventh month of life.
You can start trying to play peek-a-boo with your baby from an early age. But the first time they start to interact with you while playing this favorite childhood game is a milestone to cherish!
1 Your Baby Shows An Interest In Mirror Images
If you are not superstitious, you may have already shown your baby their own reflection in the mirror. There is a pretty good chance that they did not interact with the mirror the way you wanted them to or thought they would.
This is because the average baby does not start to show interest in mirror images until they are at least 7-months-old. Around that time, try to keep an eye out for your baby trying to interact with their reflection or another reflection in the mirror. Plus, placing a baby in front of a mirror, when they are old enough to react, is also a great way to get them to dry their eyes when they are unhappy or upset.