For first-time moms, it can be exciting to watch your child grow and develop with each stage in life. For kids, there are several different milestones during the newborn and toddler growing stages. When you want to know what to expect in the coming months and years of your child's life, there are a few stages to be aware of after becoming a parent.

One to Three Months

Your newborn baby will spend most of their time sleeping and eating in the first three months of their life. He'll begin to lift his head off of the ground during tummy time and might also crack his first smile. You'll notice your baby starting to track objects with his eyes and decrease eye crossing that can occur from time to time. You can use a few dangling objects or toys to help your little one swipe at the items as they begin to learn hand-eye coordination. This stage will also be the time when they start to grip objects and hold items on their own.

Four to Six Months

The four to the six-month stage is when babies begin to become mobile as they attempt to roll over from front to back or back to front. This stage is when you can expect them to start pulling your hair and grabbing for objects that are within their reach. Introduce toys that they can manipulate with their hands to build their motor skills.

You can begin to work on having them sit up on their own and learn how to improve their head control so they can start to gain more independence. You'll have more fun once they enter the four to the six-month stage because they'll start to laugh and will smile more consistently at your funny faces. You can also gently tickle them and begin having more fun.

Seven to Nine Months

Some parents consider the seven to the nine-month stage to be exciting, but more challenging when babies start to crawl and scoot around the house. Some children are prone to army crawling where they drag themselves with their arms but are still able to get where they need. Some babies may skip the crawling stage and can begin to walk after they learn how to scoot.

You'll also get the joy of hearing them speak their first words. Expect them to say, "mama" or "dada" while babbling other words that you won't understand just yet. Try to start playing games with them, which can include clapping or playing peek-a-boo. They'll enjoy seeing your face hidden for a few seconds before it pops up again.

At the end of this stage, most babies begin to pull themselves up onto furniture or objects and stand. Expect your child to fall a few times and place rugs or cushions around to prevent them from hitting their head. Although it can be scary to see your baby fall from time to time, they'll quickly learn how to fall gracefully or gain enough strength to hold onto the furniture.

10 to 12 months

Your baby will begin to feed themselves with their pincher grasp and will be able to speak an average of three words before their first birthday. This is also the time when you can expect them to take their first steps and point at different objects.

12 to 36 months

After the first year, babies enter the toddler stage. They'll begin to expand their vocabulary and will quickly start running around the house. Once they hit the 24-month mark, they'll be fighting for their independence and can start to attempt to do everything on their own. They'll want to play pretend, which makes it a great time to introduce toy kitchen tools or pretend they're an airplane when they go on the swing at the park. It's also the perfect time for children to begin learning how to paint or dress up with different costumes.

If they have siblings, they may start to have difficulty sharing their toys. The child will also begin to learn different concepts like time and opposites. You should also be reading to them each day and practicing singing to help them learn various types of words.

Tracking the growing toddler stages is an ideal way to monitor your child's development as they grow. It's important to remember that each child is different with how they progress and some babies may take more time to crawl, walk, and say their first words.