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Baby Development Stages

Mayo Clinic Guide to Your Baby's First Year

Follow your baby's journey through his/her first year of development with this fantastic guide from the experts at the Mayo Clinic.
All babies will develop at different rates, and while it is sometimes difficult for parents to curb their expectations that their baby should reach certain milestones by certain dates, it is nonetheless valuable for parents to know what the different development milestones are, and to keep an eye on their infant to make sure that his/her growth and development is progressing normally.

Use the development milestones on the following pages as a loose guide only, and don't be alarmed if your baby takes longer than is indicated to reach some of the development stages. Remember that babies will pass through each stage when they, and they alone, are ready. Don't be tempted to compare your baby's development with any other infant and, as always, if you have any concerns about your baby's development progress, or lack thereof, consult with your health professional.


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