Baby progress is different from one to another, that´s why development should always be considered individually and not comparatively.
The baby’s arrival is a unique and exciting moment, just as unique as the baby.
The developmental progress of each baby is different due to many factors that play a role, such as their weeks of gestation, their temperament, their state of health and, of great importance, the family environment. That is why, development should always be considered individually and not comparatively.
This is a brief guide to developmental milestones as established by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Social and emotional
• Can calm down without help/ self-soothe for a few moments (ex. puts fingers in mouth)
• Begins to smile at people
• Tries to look at their parents
Speech and communication
• Makes cooing or gurgling sounds
• Moves head to search for sounds
Cognitive (learning, reasoning, problem solving)
• Is interested in people's faces/features
• Begins to follow things with their eyes and recognizes people in the distance
• Begins to show boredom if activities don't change
Motor and physical development
• When on his stomach he can raise his head and part of his torso
• Move your legs and arms more smoothly
How you can help your baby's development
• Hold, talk, and play with your baby at mealtimes, while changing and getting them ready, and during bath time.
• Help your baby learn to self-soothe.
• Establish a routine with your baby and consistency in their schedule.
• Be attuned to the baby's likes and dislikes.
• Show your enthusiasm and smile when the baby “talks”.
• From time to time, copy the sounds the baby makes, but also use
• Pay attention to the different cries of the baby and satisfy their need accordingly.
• Talk to them, read to them, and sing to them.
• Play peek-a-boo with their hands.
• Put a mirror for babies in the crib, so they can look at themselves in it.
• Look at pictures together and talk to your baby about what you see in them.
• Put the baby on their tummy when they are awake and put toys around them.
• Hold toys in front of the baby so they can see them and encourage them to hold their head up.
• Hold a toy or rattle above the baby's head to encourage them to reach for it.
• Hold the baby in a standing position, with their feet flat on the floor. Sing or talk to him while he is standing like this.
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