Stages in the Development of a Male Baby Into an Adult

Baby boy sitting with two grown men
What stages will your little guy go through?

Research shows that overall there is no significant difference between boys' and girls' intelligence within any age group, but there are differences in the stages of development of a male baby into an adult when compared to females.

Stages in the Development of Male Baby into an Adult

A vast array of studies have been completed that take in the differences of the two sexes, and results from one study to another can conflict. As you read through information on the stages in development of male baby into an adult to better help you understand what's in store for your son, remember that each child is an individual and that not all findings apply to every child. With that in mind, enjoy your child and take pride in each stage as you watch him learn and reach important milestones in life.

Infant Milestones

A baby's first year is filled with developmental milestones. Some are physically obvious and for the most part are the same for boys and girls. These include:

  • Lifting their head
  • Cutting teeth
  • Turning over
  • Sitting up
  • Sleeping through the night
  • Crawling
  • Pulling up to furniture
  • Eating solid foods
  • Walking (not all children learn to walk by age 12 mos.)

While both boys and girls usually reach these developmental stages within the first year, studies show that boys initially tend to lag behind girls in verbal skills. Boys often show less persistence in accomplishing a given task, but are regularly more active than girls.

Toddler Boys

In general, specialists don't always agree regarding the various stages of development stating that gender is not the only factor that determines a child's development. With that in mind, remember that observances made during studies in a boy's development are an average and do not take into consideration a child's uniqueness and environmental influences.

For example, studies show that toddler boys engage in higher-energy activities and are less compliant that girls. However if you read to your son from a young age, he will not only learn to sit still, but develop listening skills.

Boys usually potty train later than girls, but when your boy pulls down his diaper to imitate his father at the toilet, or tells you he needs to be changed you know he's ready to train. Again not every child is the same, and some boys may not be mature enough for potty training even at age 2 or 3. If you are concerned, it's best to check with your pediatrician to ask his expert opinion.

Boys and Primary School

By primary school, girls score higher than boys in tests that measure processing speed. However, contrary to what many people believe, boys at this stage tend to lead in their verbal abilities to:

  • Identify objects
  • Know antonyms and synonyms
  • Complete verbal analogies

Physically at this stage of development boys gain the motor skills required for writing and they lose their primary teeth. Often as new teeth grow in, they'll have a bucktooth look, but don't worry because as their facial structure grows, in time their teeth will fit their face.

Adolescence and Puberty

Puberty is the time when young boys grow into their young adult bodies. They experience a rapid growth spurt which ushers them from their boy look to that of a young man. Boys in puberty gain an angular, muscular shape. Increased testosterone lengthens their bones and they develop longer arms and legs. When this change takes place males grow physically stronger than females. During this stage sexual characteristics arise and sexual organs mature. This spurt can happen anywhere between ages 10-17 but usually occurs somewhere around age 12-13. When boys enter this stage of sexual maturation, changing hormone levels sometimes cause emotions to feel out of control.

Voice change also occurs during this time as a result of increased testosterone. This happens when vocal cords grow longer and thicker and boys lose their little boy voice in exchange for a lower masculine voice.

Boys Become Men

Puberty ushers boys into men's bodies, but reaching adulthood is a process that continues as boys learn to develop adult relationships as they continue to grow in the skills of autonomy, intimacy and even parenthood.

Stages in the Development of a Male Baby Into an Adult