From the moment you give birth to your twins your lives are filled with the most wonderful moments, and there is nothing better than to watch your two little babies grow up side by side, completing milestones together. The first smile, the first crawl, first steps, first birthday, first day at school…… the list is endless! That is definitely one of the greatest privileges of being a twin mum.
The first year of your babies will be filled with so many firsts, enjoy them.
Twin milestones in the first year
Please remember this is only a guide, all babies develop at different rates and if you are concerned speak to your health visitor.
- 2 weeks your babies will begin to recognise you
- 6-8 weeks your babies will smile for the first time
- 4-12 weeks your babies will lift their heads whilst lying on their front
- 4 months your babies will be making cooing noises
- 3-4 months your babies will start to reach out for objects
- 4-5 months your babies may begin to roll over
- 6 months your babies will start weaning
- 6-8 months your babies may sit without support
- 6-9 months your babies may start to crawl and pull themselves up to standing
- 10 months your babies may start cruising round the furniture, and separation anxiety may start
- 10-18 months your babies will start to walk at some point
- 12 months your babies 1st birthday!!!!
Even though your twins are exactly the same age, they will probably not reach each milestone at exactly the same time. All babies (even twins) develop at different rates. It is unlikely they are both going to decide ‘right, today is the day we are both going to stand up’. My twins have generally reached milestones at a similar time, they started crawling about 2 weeks apart and walking about 3 weeks apart (just to give you an idea). I think sometimes, when one twin accomplishes something, the other twin sees it and wants to follow.
Due to prematurity and/or low birth weight, many twins meet their milestones slightly later than average, this is not necessarily anything to worry about. Doctors calculate babies age from their ‘due date’ rather than their actual birth date. If you are worried, please contact your health visitor or doctor.