The Doctor Is In: Milestones in the first year of life


MOBILE COUNTY, Ala. (WKRG) — Dr. Nancy Wood from Children’s Medical Group joins WKRG News 5 again this week to discuss first-year milestones.

Here are some FAQs:

Do all babies meet their milestones at the same time?
  • For the most part, yes.
  • Slightly delayed for premature infants.
  • The range of normal for many milestones is wider than expected.
What are some “red flag” milestones?
  • 2 months: social smile.
  • 6 months: hand-transferring.
What do I do if I think my baby is behind?
  • Evaluation by the pediatrician
Does my pediatrician check my baby at each visit for these milestones?
  • Yes- sometimes informally by monitoring baby’s actions in the exam room and sometimes by formally asking questions or having the caretaker fill out a questionnaire
Is there anything I can do to help my baby stay on track?
  • Communication: reading, narrating the day.
  • Gross Motor: tummy time, plenty of free-play on the floor with different levels to pull-up on.
  • Fine Motor: blocks, crayons, finger foods.
  • Problem-Solving: not always “coming to the rescue”.
  • Personal-Social: modeling appropriate interactions
Since we are in the pandemic, would not being in daycare be a disadvantage to my baby?
  • No, it should not be as long as there is a loving, interactive caregiver present


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