First Year Milestones To Remember

The first year of your baby’s life is an exciting time, full of new developments and changes that you will want to remember forever. The timeline below will help you keep track of some of your baby’s most important milestones and moments to remember. A lovely way to memorialize these moments is by putting together a beautiful (and surprisingly affordable) custom photo book by a company like Picaboo. For a $50 credit towards custom photo books, cards, calendars, or other items in their online store, simply enter code BBC18XSW50 at checkout.

The following are important milestones to look forward to during your child’s first year:

  • Smiling: You should expect to see your baby’s first adorable smile by 8 weeks of age. Most of these smiles remain toothless until the first tooth pops up, which generally happens around 4 to 7 months.
  • Sitting up on their own: Babies can sit up on their own between 4 to 7 months. You can encourage your baby to sit up by making sure he or she receives plenty of supervised tummy time to strengthen the head, neck, and upper body muscles.
  • Crawling: Babies begin to crawl around 6 to 10 months, so make sure your home is properly baby-proofed.
  • Walking: Babies start walking around 10 to 18 months of age. Their first steps are typically preceded by something called “cruising,” which is when babies start shuffling along while holding onto furniture for support.


These are a few other memorable moments you will want to capture:

  • First bath: While some babies receive their first bath shortly after birth, others do not receive one for a week or more. Whenever it happens, snap a photo so you will remember it forever.
  • First solid food: Doctors typically advise parents to begin feeding their babies solid food around 6 months of age. Their first “meal” always makes for a great (and often, hilariously messy) photo opportunity.
  • First haircut: Babies who were born with luscious locks might receive their first haircut between 8 and 12 months, though some children don’t receive their first haircut for years. Parents often keep a lock of their child’s hair as a memento which can be taped into their memory book.

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