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In the first year of life, your baby’s brain develops much faster than his or her body. Every day, your child is learning new things, making connections, and figuring out how the world works. Your baby is constantly looking around, trying to reach nearby objects, and dropping bowls of oatmeal just to see what will happen. Some children may even be able to recognize their own names in conversation, listen to you when you say no, and realize that the baby in the mirror is only a reflection.
During these wonderful months, you should do everything you can to aid your baby’s cognitive development by reading to your child, playing games, and talking.
Don’t worry too much if your baby fails to meet a few of the milestones listed. Cognitive development is a notoriously unpredictable process, and most kids will “catch up” sooner rather than later.
By 5-7 months, most babies will:
By 5-7 months, some babies may:
By 5-7 months, some babies can:
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