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Meeting the Milestones: What Milestones Are and Why They Are Important

Last updated 2 years ago

The first year of a baby’s life is filled with major developmental achievements. From recognizing the sound of your voice to being able to say “mama” or “dada”, your child will be learning and growing at an incredible rate. These significant achievements, which are called milestones, indicate the progression of your baby’s natural development. Recognizing that your little one has not yet reached a particular milestone can also indicate a developmental issue.

If you believe that your baby should have more advanced skills by a particular age, contact the pediatric specialists at Sunrise Children’s Hospital for consultation. However, keep in mind that all babies develop at their own pace. Some are faster or slower than others, and it has no bearing on their overall wellbeing. The following milestones describe how and when your baby should be reaching specific physiological milestones.

Rolling Over

Between their fifth and seventh months, many babies will begin to exhibit rolling motion. They may either roll from their backs to their stomachs or from their stomachs to their backs. As they get older, they will further increase their core strength and control. By the end of their seventh month, most babies can roll over both ways.

Sitting Up

Being able to sit up is also a big milestone for babies. At first, they will be able to sit up only with back support from behind. Most of the time, this occurs when an adult sits them in their lap and allows the baby to lean against their chest. Over the next several months, a baby’s core strength and stability will improve. By their first birthday, most babies can sit up without any assistance.


The ability to stand occurs in much the same way as sitting up. Around six months, most babies can support their own weight on their legs while standing. However, they can do this only when held up by the chest or arms. Yet, upon their first birthday, many babies can pull themselves up to standing and may even be able to take a few steps before losing their balance.

Sunrise Children’s Hospital offers patients comprehensive healthcare services, including oncology and occupational therapy treatment options. To learn more about our pediatric unit, or to schedule an appointment, please call our Las Vegas facility at (702) 731-5437.


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