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Baby’s grow and develop at different rates. Baby’s first year is a time of lots of growing for your baby in many ways. Your baby will learn in their first year milestones such as:

  • learn to crawl
  • respond to their own name and other people
  • smile, laugh
  • reach out to things
  • look at you
  • learn to feed on solid foods.

Tips to Support Your Baby’s Development

Your baby’s brain is like a sponge, absorbing many things in their environment through their senses, especially in the first three years of life. Parents/caregivers play a key role in monitoring their child’s development.

Parents/caregivers are their baby’s favourite toy. Playing with your baby provides an opportunity for lots of stimulation for your baby. Here are some examples of activities:

  • imitating each other’s smile
  • feeling different textures
  • talking to them while changing diapers
  • imitating each other’s sounds

Video: Everyday Play, Healthy Baby Healthy Brain. Used with permission from Health Nexus.

As your baby gets older, your baby will be more mobile and will want to explore many things in their environment. It is important to ensure child safety as they explore their world.

Learn about parenting programs available in your community.

If you have concerns about how your baby is growing, contact your health care provider.