Using my baby milestone checklist to track my children’s development was something I loved when they were teeny. I recorded everything, from their first roll over to their first words. I soon learned though that you can’t really compare your baby’s milestones with other children.
In my mum’s group, our baby milestones were largely random. The first roller wasn’t necessarily the first crawler. The first crawler didn’t end up being the first walker either. We quickly learned that there was no race to achieve these milestones.
However, tracking baby milestones and looking forward to them was so much fun – the anticipation of when it might happen and the joy when they did.
When I became a second-time mum, I no longer felt the need to rush my son to reach his milestones. I think I spent more time with my daughter, giving her a little extra ‘encouragement’ to roll, crawl and walk.
Don’t get me wrong, we did help my son and encourage him, but we didn’t feel any pressure for him to reach them sooner than he was ready to.
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I wanted him to have a healthy start to his little life, and we regularly checked with our GP that he was on the right track, but I just felt so much more confident as a second-time mum.
If you’ve got more than one child, does this resonate with you?
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Baby Milestone Tracker
I’ve put together a list of the milestones that I chose to track, plus a few extras, to give you some ideas on what you might want to record on a baby milestone first year tracker.
It’s a handy list you can print and keep, or add it to your planner or baby’s photo album. In fact, I love the idea of a baby milestones pictures tracker too!
Baby Milestone Checklist
- First smile
- First laugh
- Holds head up
- Rolls from tummy to back
- Rolls from back to tummy
- Blows bubbles
- Sits up unassisted
- Waves rattle
- Reaches for a toy
- First babbling
- Says mama
- Says dada
- Crawls backwards
- Crawls forwards
- Pulls up
- Stands unassisted
- Takes first steps
- Starts walking
- Starts talking
- Says first sentence
- Sleeps through the night
- Moves into own bedroom
- Holds own bottle
- Gets first tooth
- Feeds themselves
- Uses Sippy cup
Grab your free Baby Milestones Checklist
If you want to track baby milestones, print this list and add dates when your baby reaches them.
There are so many gorgeous newborn baby milestones charts in the shops, and I think they make great gifts for new parents.
These days, our ‘firsts’ have become a bit more school and education-related.
Our babies really grow up so quickly, right?
One day, it will be lovely to sit with my babies and look back at my lists, sharing the memories of when they reached their milestones.
They’re only three and six, however, so, for now, my list is tucked away, ready for that moment. Or for when someone asks me how long it took them to reach these milestones, because my memory sucks!
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I hope you love using this Ultimate Baby Milestone Checklist and download the free baby milestones printable! Let me know if you want me to design more baby milestone printables.