What To Expect In Your Baby’s First Year

Even if you feel prepared by reading all of the latest parenting books, blogs and tricks. The unexpected can still happen.

We have created a guide to help you with the hard parts. We have even surveyed the community and talked to experts and here's a few of the biggest milestones to expect in your Baby's First Year.

For example, did you know the average cost of a baby in year one is $16,000 (that's £15,721 for our British readers).  

Get prepared for the most difficult, yet, somehow the most rewarding year of your life.

what to expect in your first year

Here's what to expect in Your Baby's First Year.


  • Opened a Savings / Banking Account - very helpful for monetary gifts
  • Bought clothes ahead of time - newborn, 1 - 3 months, 3 - 6 months and beyond
  • Bulk buy essentials - Stocked up on diapers/nappies and wet wipes
  • Use technology to make your 1st year easier - best buying guides

We are currently working on a definitive what to expect the first year pdf to assist parents on this spectacular 12 month journey.

Year One Milestones

These can be fairly subjective and depend on your family and parenting style, here are our top suggestions. If you're looking for an almost medical version of developmental milestones, we have a separate post for that.

Notable Milestones

  • Crawling
  • Smiling
  • Sitting Up
  • Teething
  • Meeting your dog
  • Rolling over
  • Waves 'Bye-Bye'
  • Eats Finger Food
  • Stands
  • Takes a step
  • Trying ______ (food)
  • Drinking ______ (drink)
  • Laughing
  • Meeting ______ (relative)
  • Sleeping through the night 

'First' Events or Holidays

  • Birthday
  • Easter
  • Halloween
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas

Babys First Year: FAQ

Babys first year what does it cost?

On average, the maintenance cost of a baby in year one is $16,000 (that's £15,721 for our British readers).

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