Birth of your baby is a great watershed moment, in that it is a turning point in your life! The first time you hold your baby in your arms an awareness floods over you that life will never be the same again!
Parenthood is one roller-coaster filled with adventure and surprise. Most parents are unaware that babies change and grow every day. Infant growth is marked by a number of important milestones from sleep habits to first steps to first words. Apart from being exciting and fun, these moments are also signs that can clue you in to your baby’s development.
Think about it! Can you really afford to miss those precious baby moments? So be prepared! Given that most kids grow at their own pace, we at Medguru will give you a rough idea of ‘firsts’ in your baby’s growth.
1.Cry baby cry
When your baby is born the first sound you will hear is crying. This is a healthy and welcomed sign. It is beneficial for the baby as it will kick start its lungs and brings joy to the ones around, especially the parents.
By the time your baby is 1 month old, it starts paying attention to you, recognizing your voice and following you with her eyes. By 6 weeks, you can expect your baby to flash its million dollar smile on you. A smile boosts bonding, since it’s one of the first forms of communication between parent and child.
By the time your little one is 6 to 8 weeks old, you will hear it gurgle for the first time. The baby uses the tongue and the front of the mouth (rather than the throat) to make sounds like nah-nah-nah and bah-bah-bah.
You also may notice your baby stretching and kicking his or her legs at about three months. This movement strengthens leg muscles, and your infant will use legs to move horizontally on the bed.
At around 4-5 months the infant starts rolling over on its stomach. Young babies can roll over on occasion, so it’s important for parents to be extremely cautious and never leave the little one unattended on a changing table, bed, or other high surface.
The back and neck muscles of your baby will gradually become strong enough to hold her upright, and in between 5 to 6 months, your baby will sit with some support. In some cases, the infant may be able to sit without any help for a moment. Ensure you stay nearby to provide support or surround her with pillows to cushion a possible fall.
Once your baby works out how to lunge forward from a sitting position and balance on her hands and knees, she will be almost ready to crawl. This is the most important moment in your baby’s growth and will happen when at around six months.
All the cooing, babbling, pointing, and gesturing of the past few months have all been steppingstones to the formation of speech. After your baby completes 7 to 8 months, it starts to understand that a sound or a word is a symbol for an object and begins to pick up the language. The baby will learn to call its parents ‘mama’ or ‘dada’ in its own baby language.
Your baby will pull itself up to a standing position at around eight months. As the infant becomes more confident about standing buy a walker to strengthen its legs.
Your baby will start to move around holding on to the edge of a piece of furniture. This is called cruising. Once your baby can cruise, she’s well on the way to learning to walk. A baby takes the first step at the age of nine months to one year. Some babies take longer to walk. But whenever that happens, believe it’s a Kodak moment!