Baby Baby Milestones

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    Parents are a child's first teacher. And face it, that little mumbling and teetering tot learns everything from you: how to talk, how to stand, and even how to walk. And at some points, you can be amazed just how incredible their impersonation of you can be. Take one comic-in-the-making, for example, who has perfected his imitation of mom, complete with grunts and a forward-facing belly. That's right, the baby walks just like his pregnant mom.

    And it's all with the flip of a switch. That just makes this video so much better. Take a look:

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    We dare you not to totally LOL when you watch a baby giggle. Whenever they break into a laughing fit, you can't help but laugh along with them. It's beyond contagious.

    But the latest baby laughing video has everyone in stitches, including the dad. So if you're in need of a good ROFL today, this little guy has got you covered. Check it out:

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    Up until about 9 to 10 months of age, baby's primary means of transportation is ... you. But around this time, they'll likely start crawling, which means two things for Mom and Dad: Baby is officially free to explore the world on his own (well, as much as a 9-month-old can explore the world on his own), and time to childproof! Typically, babies will learn to properly crawl by slithering around on their elbows and bellies a la army-style, but some babies may skip this adorable milestone altogether and go straight to walking. "Some babies never crawl and will move right from scooting or pulling themselves on their elbows to walking," notes Robyn Strosaker, MD, Director of Inpatient Services at University Hospital's Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.

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    Congratulations, you've survived the newborn phase. You've got the hang of diaper changing and feeding, you're getting some sleep (we hope), and you've even managed to start showering every day (okay, maybe every other). It's time to face the world and start socializing again. Maybe seek out a new mom group or a "playdate" group so you and your baby can make new friends.

    Of course it's great for you to connect with other moms, but how important is it that your baby connect with other babies?

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    Most 2-month-old babies aren't capable of doing much more than eating, sleeping, pooping, or just beginning to laugh. But one baby has surpassed all of her milestones and has uttered those three little words every parent can't wait to hear. She said, "I love you" to her dad.

    In a video posted by the tiny baby's mom, the baby girl is cooing and babbling like wild, trying her hardest to repeat after her dad. Then after multiple attempts, she faintly says, "I love you." And all our ovaries explode.

    Take a look:

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    Shortly after your baby flashes you his first gummy smile, he'll likely melt your heart with his first laugh. "This important social milestone is usually achieved around 4 months, but some babies laugh as early as 2 months, and others much later," says Jennifer Gardner, MD, a pediatrician and founder of the Healthy Kids Company. "And it's important to keep in mind that the laughter of a baby usually starts out as a squeal and a smile, not a hearty belly laugh!"

    Babies typically first "laugh" in their sleep, so, unbeknownst to you, this adorable new trick might be missed the very first time it happens. But don't worry. There are plenty of ways to get -- and keep -- your little one giggling. And once you discover the, often random, thing that cracks your baby up, neither of you will be able to get enough!

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    Like all milestones, there isn't an exact age during which an internal alarm clock start ringing and your baby rolls over on cue. But there is a range during which you should be on the lookout for this baby triumph.

    "Typically, babies roll over between 4 and 5 months, says Jennifer Gardner, MD, a pediatrician, and founder of the Healthy Kids Company. But a little earlier -- or later -- is also normal.

    First, you'll see your baby roll over from his belly to his back. And once he's a pro at that, he'll go from back to belly. (Make sure you've got the video camera ready!)

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    For any parent who's ever taken their baby for a shot -- do I even need to say it? -- it's awful. The screaming; the tiny red face; the look your baby gives you when the doctor pulls away with that gigantic needle that just stabbed them that says, "You. You did this to me. Traitor!" It's truly one of the worst feelings a parent can have. And few things on this Earth can rival the awfulness of the very first one. Horrible.

    But take comfort in the fact that you're not alone. It's a rite of passage all parents go through (one we were never warned about when we were pregnant!). So, let's unite, Moms and Dads. Here are the 12 stages we all go through when our poor babies get their first shot.

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    Busy Philipps has an adorable way of describing how her 8-month-old baby moves. "Cricket is doing something that we're calling -- it's not crawling -- on-land swimming," Philipps told Us magazine. "Because she's moving, she's not crawling. Like she's swimming on land, and you cannot leave her alone. She'll get to where she wants to go by swimming on land. She's really fast and she's on the move." Aww, most of you with kids know exactly what she means. It's that floppy form of travel babies do. "Swimming on land" is a clever way to put it.

    Babies have all sorts of crazy movements that require their own terminology -- here's 10 more.

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    The minute your baby enters the world, time suddenly speeds up. That first year may seem to crawl by when it's 2:00 in the morning and you're trying to get your little one to sleep already. But believe me, next thing you know, you'll be celebrating the first birthday and wondering what just happened. So here are 30 things you should do with your baby in that first year -- your baby bucket list!

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