A brief about newborn developmental milestones


newborn developmental milestones

Every baby is different and will develop at its own pace. If you have any concerns about your baby’s development, be sure to talk to your healthcare provider. Many skills can also be developed.

Developmental milestones are things most babies can do by a certain age.

During the first month, your baby will:

• Feed 8 to 12 times each day

• Sleep 16 to 18 hours each day

• Be awake for 1 to 2 hours at a time

• Lose 5 to 10 percent of their birth weight

• Have their first bowel movement

• Regain their birth weight by 2 weeks old

By 2 months old, your baby will:

• Smile when they see you

• Laugh out loud

• Rollover from the stomach to back and back to stomach

• Start to babble

• Reach for things with their hands

By 3 months old, your baby will:

• Sit without support

• Watch everything around them with interest

• Make noises and coo when they see you or hear your voice

• Start using their hands to reach for things

As your baby continues to develop, they may also start to grasp objects, bring their hands together, and lift their heads when lying on their bellies.

Remember that each baby is different – don’t worry if your little one takes a bit longer to master any of these skills. Just be sure to talk to your healthcare provider if you have any concerns about how quickly your baby is developing.

1. Motor Skills

A close up of a baby

Motor skills are the ability to control the muscles in the body to move. These skills develop in a predictable pattern, starting with the head and moving down to the trunk and then to the limbs. These skills develop best when babies have opportunities to practice them through supervised tummy time, reaching for and grasping objects, and moving around.

2. Cognitive Skills

A hand holding a baby

Cognitive skills are the ability to think, learn, and remember. These skills start to develop from birth, as babies begin to take in information about the world around them. They develop best when babies have opportunities to explore their environment, try new things, and solve problems.

3. Communication Skills

Communication skills are the ability to understand language and express needs and wants. These skills start to develop from birth, as babies begin to make sounds and gestures. They develop best when babies have opportunities to interact with others and communicate back and forth.

4. Social-Emotional Skills

Social-emotional skills are the ability to interact with others and express emotions. These skills start to develop from birth, as babies begin to smile, coo and cry. They develop best when babies have opportunities to interact with caregivers and other children.

5. Self-Care Skills

Self-care skills are the ability to take care of oneself, including personal hygiene and feeding. These skills start to develop from birth, as babies begin to explore their bodies and learn how to use them. They develop best when babies have opportunities to practice them through supervised activities such as bathing, dressing, and eating.

6. Adaptive skills

Adaptive skills are the ability to adjust to new situations and environments. These skills start to develop from birth, as babies begin to experience new things. They develop best when babies have opportunities to explore their environment and try new things.

7. Sensory and Perception Skills

Sensory and perception skills are the ability to take in information through the senses (sight, smell, taste, touch, hearing) and perceive the world. These skills start to develop from birth, as babies begin to use their senses to explore new things. They develop best when babies have opportunities to experience a variety of sensory inputs through supervised activities such as playing with interesting objects or listening to music.​

Benefits of Developmental milestones

There are many benefits to achieving developmental milestones, including:

1. improved physical health and coordination

2. increased cognitive abilities

3. better communication skills

4. enhanced social-emotional skills

5. improved self-care skills

6. increased adaptive skills

7. enhanced sensory and perception skills.

Developmental milestones provide a way to measure progress and ensure that babies are developing normally. They also give parents and caregivers a way to identify areas where additional support may be needed. If you have any concerns about your baby’s development, be sure to talk to your healthcare provider.​

EndNote

In conclusion, there are many benefits to achieving developmental milestones in babies, including improved physical health and coordination, increased cognitive abilities, and better communication skills. If you have any concerns about your baby’s development, it is important to speak with your healthcare provider for advice and support.​

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