Baby is a quarter of a year old! It’s not a milestone that’s generally agreed to be enough of a big deal to throw a party, but you could do it anyway, if you felt like it. In the next quarter of Baby’s first year, he is going to be able to start using the strength he has been building up for the last 3 months to sing songs (in his heart), run marathons (in his mind), and roll over from her tummy onto his back, and then back onto his tummy again.
After that, he might push themselves up into crawling position, and maybe even do a little crawling. On the other hand, he might find a much stranger way to move around, like an army-creep, a barrel-roll, and crab-walk, or a baby-specific scoot.
As he works up to that kind of advanced motion, though, he is also going to have some smaller, but no less important, advances. Baby teeth, for example, are pretty small, but they’ll be very important when he grows out of the mushy slush that makes up the earliest baby food, and starts to look around for something more solid to sink those little chompers into. Teething usually doesn’t start until the 6-month mark or so, but for some babies, it can start far earlier.
He might get really attached to a certain stuffed toy or baby blanket, or he might be uninterested in every toy designed with a baby in mind that he is offered, and only really want to play with whatever it is you keep in your pockets, laptop bag, or purse. Baby’s options are endless, as the other three quarters of his first year stretches ahead of him. The only thing that’s certain is that it’s sure to be a wild ride.
Around this time, Baby continues to work on his communication skills and strength. You’ll probably hear him start to “talk” up a storm soon…if only those words meant anything! Make sure you engage Baby in this conversation often though, as it will help him learn the conventions of how people interact.
Baby is also getting stronger and stronger everyday, as he continues to develop through tummy time, and is getting closer to being able to sit up on his own – then it’s time to get moving!
- Reaches for dangling objects: Just because he wants to grab an object, doesn’t mean they can, but around this time, Baby might start to grab for objects when held out in front of him. The coordination will come in the following weeks and months.
- Mimics facial expressions: Baby sure has been paying close attention to you, and around this time, he may be attempting to mimic facial expressions. He might do this with sounds, as well, which you should take as encouragement to keep Baby stimulated and engaged as much as possible!