When Do Babies Sit Unsupported, Change Eye Colour, Sleep All Night And Hold Up Their Heads? Baby Milestones Explained


EXPERIENCED parents are forever saying that their children “grow up so quickly.”

While it might feel like you don’t want to miss out on a single moment of your newborn baby’s life, here are all the timings of the important milestones to look out for.

Andy Barr – The Sun Glasgow Babies can typically sit up on their own around the four to seven month mark

When do babies sit up on their own?

Sitting up independently marks a whole new stage in your child’s development.

But a baby can only hit this landmark stage once their back and neck muscles are strong enough to support their weight.

Try too soon and they might just topple over.

This unmissable baby milestone happens anywhere between 4 and 7 months, by which point they have usually also mastered the art of rolling over.

When does their eye colour change?

Alamy Melanin pigment is what causes a baby’s eyes to change colour

It is not uncommon for a baby’s eye colour to change and darken as they edge ever closer to toddlerhood.

A lot of babies are born with light coloured irises because of the amount of melanin pigment in their eyes.

As exposure to light stimulates melanin production, this is why many parents notice their baby’s eyes gradually getting darker with age.

This usually happens between the age of six to nine months old and is more common among fair skinned babies.

When do babies sleep through the night?

Getty – Contributor Sleep training helps little ones settle into a routine

Sadly, there is no blueprint new parents can follow on this one.

However there any many different ways parents can sleep train their baby to settle throughout the night.

According to The Bump, experts recommend that parents adopt a “cry it our” approach from when a baby is between four and six months old so that they get used to calming themselves down.

This involves parents monitoring their child’s cries but not immediately going to comfort them.

By 9 months old, babies should typically be sleeping through the night without needing to be fed.

When do babies hold up their own heads?

Getty – Contributor Children typically hold up their own heads around the age of six months

Newborn babies are especially fragile because they are born with such weak neck muscles.

But as they grow and develop, babies are usually able to lift their own heads when they are about a month old.

Once they can sit up on their own (around the four to seven month mark), babies can actively support their heads at around the age of six months.

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