New moms worry. A lot. But if your little one isn’t walking as quickly as her brother did, don't worry too much. “Generally, babies develop at their own rate,” says pediatrician Dr. Tanya Altmann, author of Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age Five. “If your baby is just missing one milestone, that’s usually not a major problem. But if she’s missing more than one, across different developmental areas—social, cognitive, motor skills—then that signals there’s something else going on. Let your pediatrician know, because early diagnosis is important.”
To keep worries at bay, we’ve asked Dr. Altmann to weigh in on some of your baby’s key milestones through the first months of life. Take a breath, and use these as guidelines, not strict rules.