Baby’s First Year Milestones 

Promote and Celebrate Your Baby’s Development with Monthly Games and Activities

Watching your baby learn and grow is one of the highlights of being a parent. Over just 12 months, your newborn will transform from a tiny, dependent creature into an active, expressive child. Celebrate that journey and find out what to expect along the way with Baby's First Year Milestones.

This is a warm, knowledgeable, and action-oriented introduction to the thrilling changes you can expect in the first year. 

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In this book, you'll find...

  • Straightforward, comprehensive descriptions of major developmental milestones for every month of the first year

  • Over 150 age-appropriate activities that help you bond with your baby and encourage learning through play

  • Sidebars with extra insights and solutions for common problems

  • Prompts for notes and space to jot down favorite memories

  • Checklists of all major first-year milestones

150+ age-appropriate activities are outlined in the book, including... 

  • Tummy Cuddles

  • Bell and Ribbon

  • Splashy Kicks 

  • Color Hunt 

  • Mirror Peekaboo

  • Shake an Egg

  • Down Goes the Tower

  • Object Permanence Box 

  • The Pull-Up Place

  • Helicopter

  • Beanbag Bucket

  • Playing Detective

  • And many more



Aubrey has carried her graceful way of mentoring others into her book, Baby’s First Year Milestones. This book is filled with simple ways to increase your connection with your child and your child’s connection to the new world around them. The games and activities coincide with your child’s general milestones which, in turn, will stimulate language, growth, and development. So many of these games and activities can be done inexpensively, which is an added bonus. I can’t think of a better gift for a new baby and her parents!
— Loree Birkenback, Head of School, St. James Episcopal School of Dallas
This book is a month-by-month journey guided by an experienced parent who feels like a friend walking alongside you. Each month contains milestones, highlights, challenges, and games and activities which are supportive to the relationship between a parent and child. This book is full of information which speaks to the wonder and worries of parents during their first year with a new baby. It is a keepsake, with places for journaling what is observed and experienced, and this allows this experiential process to feel personal and empowering. I have not read another book like this one, and as an educator of the young child, a childbirth educator, parenting mentor, and midwife, I have read many over the years.
— Pamela Green, Founder of Ananda Montessori, Parenting Mentor, CBE, and Birth Attendant
Baby’s First Year Milestones is an excellent month-by-month guide on how to play with your infant! Aubrey does a beautiful job of emphasizing the importance of talking to your baby to develop their cognitive and language skills, helping them to learn through everyday routines. Filled with simple activities that you can do and make with items you already have at home, it is easy to read and reference for new ideas each month!
— Kelli Atangan, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist and mom of three
As a lactation consultant, I work with first-time parents all the time who want to know what’s normal. Baby’s First Year Milestones is a wonderful resource for any new parent to understand their infant’s development month by month.
— Beth Waters Rago, IBCLC

About the Author 

Aubrey Hargis, MEd, is an experienced parent coach and educational consultant best known for her empathetic approach and appreciation for the magic of childhood. As the founder of the Child Development Institute of the Redwoods, she creates online courses and coaches parents in compassionate discipline techniques and Montessori education. Aubrey lives with her husband and two children under a blanket of San Francisco fog, where the coastal cliffs and nearby redwood trails are always beckoning for another adventure. Baby's First Year Milestones is her first book.