Nonetheless, from head to toe, amazing development feats are taking place for newborn babies. Motor skills, reflexes, and muscle development is happening every day.
The development of babies is an
incredible thing. Even in the time in utero, the baby develops significantly.
There are many stages of newborn development that take place. Some of these,
such as breathing with the lungs, happen immediately after being born. Others,
such as learning to sit up, take their time.
When it comes to newborn
development, there are many milestones that take place. These often correlate
with the age of the baby. There are certain things that you can expect a
newborn baby to do by six weeks or six months. While the age is a rough
guideline more than a specific time frame, it is a good indicator of what a
baby should be doing at different times.
However, just because a baby
learns to crawl before the 18-week mark doesn't necessarily mean that he will
walk early on. Babies learn these milestones in their own time. Sometimes, one
milestone might be delayed because they are still perfecting a previous
Nonetheless, from head to toe,
amazing development feats are taking place for newborn babies. Motor skills,
reflexes, and muscle development is happening every day.
Here are some of the great things
that happen in the stages of newborn development.
1 to 3 months
The first month has been a huge
adjustment period for the baby. This is when learning to live outside the womb
is taking for for the brain and body together. After that first month,
development starts to kick in once the baby is more used to the surroundings.
There are many amazing things
that happen in those first three months. Although every is tired and exhausted
and the baby hardly knows what is going on, there are endless chances to
celebrate with these milestones that take place.
For instance, these are some things
to expect somewhere between the first to third month after birth.
smile happens towards the end of the three months. It might just be a
little facial wiggle at first, but after three months you’ll start seeing big,
The baby learns
to raise their head while laying on their tummy. The neck muscles are
getting stronger and need less support, even when being held. The head will
also lift and move in response to sounds and noises now.
The fine motor
skills in the hand are developing more so the baby can make a fist and
grasp objects. Also, there is a now a reflex to open and close the hands as
well as bringing them to the mouth to find out how good things taste!
The eyes are
reacting to sensory things now and learning to follow movements or make
contact with something that makes. This is why your baby will start looking at
your more when you talk or sing over the course of the first three months.
4 to 6 months
Now, the baby loves exploring the
world around them and wants to learn more. They are getting used to how their
muscles and limbs work. More and more processes are starting to happen in the
brain so that they can better understand the world around them.
During these months, you will
really see your little baby growing up and notice a lot of physical changes.
There are also a lot of changes going on behind the scenes that are also quite
Throughout these significant
months, you can expect some of the following:
babbling noises start to happen. These can be in response to light or sound
or other stimuli. This is the first stage of speech development.
hands and grasping reflex are getting stronger so babies love to reach out
and grab things. Be careful as the months the progress and keep your hair tied
is becoming firmer and babies can now sit up and keep their neck and spine
straight, meaning the head can stay upright too. Read more on tips on newborn neck and head control, here.
7 to 9 months
These tend to be the months where
parents wonder where the time has gone and how their little tiny baby started
looking like a mini human so quickly. Also, this is the time where babies start
to become increasingly mobile and have more energy so it becomes a new
From rolling to crawling and
moving, after the halfway point of the first year, you're going to start seeing
a new side to your baby. Their movements and personalities become more refined
and defined. Make sure you have the camera ready during these months (if you
didn't already before!)
Some physically noticeable things
that your baby will do during these months include:
start to crawl by scooting around on the floor, moving forwards with their
arms. Read more on helping your baby to learn to crawl, here.
They can sit up
without support now and bobble their head confidently around the room. Read more on Newborn Milestone: Learning to sit, here.
They start to
recognise words and sounds. Around this time their babbles will start to
sound like ‘mama’ or ‘dada’ so get ready for that!
involve actions and sounds, such as peek-a-boo or anything with clapping
will really grab their attention. These things become more interactive at this
age too, with the baby responding more.
With your help pulling them up, babies can manoeuvre to the standing position. Although their
little legs are wobbly, it is a huge achievement during these months.
10 to 12 months
The final stages of the baby's
first year are significant ones. Look at how much they have already achieved,
and how much more they have to achieve in just these two months. These two
months really mark the transition stage away from infancy and towards the
However, you still very much have
a baby. There are many things that are still developing and still so much going
on in the baby’s body. Before they can truly become a toddler, some of the key
steps of development happen in these two months.
Some of the things that the baby
is learning to do at this stage include:
Starting to feed
themselves and getting used to holding solid bits of food, such as a cereal
grain or a soft piece of pear for example.
Their legs are
getting more active and combined with the upper body strength they have
developed, your baby's gross motor skills mean that now they can move around
the room by holding onto furniture and objects.
starting to sound more like words and the names of ‘mum’ and ‘dad’ become
more defined and deliberate.
The baby can be
a bit more demanding now, being more familiar with things that they know
they want. With their little fine motor skills, they may start pointing and
making sounds at things they want now.
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