Babies Age 0 to 12 Months

Child Development

ages-0-12 monthsAs a parent, you are the most important person in your baby's life.

Babies Age 0-12 Months

Babies grow and develop quickly during their first year of life. You notice when your baby smiles for the first time, rolls over, sits, walks and begins to talk. These moments mean that your child is learning!

Developmental Stages – Birth to 12 Months

Your baby is growing fast and learning new things every day. Here is a list of some things babies can do by 12 months of age. Remember that every baby is different. Your baby will develop at a rate that is right for her.

Birth – 3 Months 3 – 6 Months 6 – 12 Months
  • Look at you, watch your face
  • Startle or cry at sudden loud noises
  • Smile in response to your smile or voice
  • Lift his head and chest when on his stomach
  • Easily take a bottle or breast and suck well
  • Play with feet while on her back
  • Hold his head steady and upright without support
  • Reach for a toy
  • Roll over
  • Try to show likes and dislikes
  • Pull herself to standing with some help
  • Transfer objects from one hand to another
  • Copy speech sounds
  • Feed himself finger food
  • Let you know she understands a simple question (“Do you want more?”)

Help Your Baby Learn and Develop!

Encourage your baby to reach and grasp objects by playing with brightly colored, easy-to-grasp toys. Play with toys that can be squeezed or that have different textures!

Babies who are just learning to roll over will keep trying if mom or dad provides motivation. To encourage her, wave a favorite toy just out of your baby’s reach.

Your baby needs a safe, comfortable place to play! Provide at least a 5 by 7 foot blanket for him to play and roll on. Later, provide a safe area to explore while he’s crawling.

Take a walk! Exercise is good for you, and your baby will enjoy seeing and hearing new things.

Sing to your baby while breastfeeding, putting her to sleep, or in the bath.

Play games that involve dumping and pouring. Help your baby put toys in a bucket and then dump them out. In the bath, play with toys that your baby can fill with water.

Use your public library as a resource for more about the stages of your child’s development and early learning.

Helpful Information About Your Baby’s Development

Child Profile materials contain information about immunizations, well child check-ups, nutrition, growth, development, and safety. Most parents living in Washington state receive Child Profile mailings. If you recently moved to here and would like to receive helpful information by mail, you can sign up online. Learn more and sign up on the Child Profile website.

Free Developmental Screening

Call the Family Health Hotline at 1-800-322-2588 for a free developmental screening – you don’t need a referral from your doctor. Work together with your health care provider and share the results of any screening to achieve the best health and development for your baby. Read this Developmental Screening Fact Sheet.