Mother And Baby: Infants’ Infant Physical Development & Development

Infants Physical Development

In the first year of life, most babies have reached their full size and are capable of walking. Be sure to check for signs of weakness in your infant. Here are seven critical events in the first year of life to keep in mind.

First – babies’ eyes open widely at night. Baby’s eyes should open before they turn four months, or else they may begin to roll over. By the fourth month, babies can only close their eyes for a few seconds at a time.

Second – babies begin to recognize sounds. Babies begin to make out simple shapes and develop speech patterns before six months of age. By the first year, babies can recognize words such as ‘head’, ‘heart’, ‘face’, ‘body’, ‘arm’, ‘legs’, and’mouth’. Babies need their mothers’ help to speak, and breast milk is probably the best food for babies during the first year of life.

Child Movement

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Third – babies start crawling. It is likely that by the time babies reach their first year, they will be able to walk with assistance. Babies will crawl forward, backward, and in a wheel chair if their mother has provided them with a safe surface to walk on. Parents will need to purchase sturdy baby walkers that have good tread and are stable.

Fourth – babies begin to understand sounds. From the time they can talk, babies can understand simple words. From about the age of six months, babies will begin to understand more complex words. By the age of eight months, babies will easily comprehend speech patterns and can even match spoken words to pictures. Parents should continue to talk to their babies all day long; they will retain this memory even when they outgrow the baby talking phase.

Visual Establishment

Fifth – baby’s first set of eyes opens. When babies reach their first month, they can look upward at objects. At two months of age, their eyes can already focus on a moving object. Babies’ first eye movement will happen at around four months of age. By the age of six months, the baby will focus on an object and move his eyes around in pursuit of it.

Sixth – babies reach the age of one year. At this age, they can communicate with their parents through facial expressions, gestures and vocal intonations. They can recognize the sound of their mother’s voice and can even imitate it. Most importantly, babies are starting to develop their digestive tract and absorbing food. Therefore, they will gain weight during the first half of their first year of life, although they will usually gain only slightly less than an adult.

Sitting Postures

Seventh – babies can sit up by themselves and feed themselves with a spoon or baby bottle without help after the age of four months. At around six months of age, they can start crawling. At eight months old, they can sit up by themselves for longer stretches. So if your baby is not starting to feed himself when he should, contact your pediatrician immediately for a check-up to make sure that your baby isn’t suffering from serious or developmental problems.

Eighth – by the time your baby reaches the age of one year, he will have developed a head hold. He can hold his head up with his own head and body and does not need assistance to do so. Some babies even reach this age without needing to nurse at all. If your baby has reached this stage, you may start to see that his diaper changes more often compared to other infants.


Next, we’ll take a look at some of the diaper changes your baby may experience. At around four to six months old, babies will start to wet themselves as part of their routine. As they start to wet themselves, the rate of growth of your baby’s genitals increases and he/she starts to grow a little “outwards” toward the diaper. This process of growth is also responsible for your baby’s ability to start developing Reflexes Controllers.

The first month or two after birth are when most babies develop their first set of Reflexes Controllers. This is usually called the first tooth. During this time, your baby will be able to “wet himself” and control his urination or bowel movements. After the first year, most babies are able to control themselves completely on their own

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