Babies grow at a pretty quick pace. It takes merely a year for babies to get rid of the newborn tag and become active, menacing toddlers! If you’ve become parents for the first time, then obviously we would not expect you to know of all the growth stages of your baby.
That’s exactly why we are here to help. Babies grow at such a great pace that it is hard to keep track. Is your baby doing the typical things that an infant does? Is there cause for concern? Or is your baby perfectly healthy? Let us take a look at the different development stages of babies.
From birth to about three months
Congratulations, you’ve just welcomed a new life into the family! This initial phase is one of multiple emotions; excitement, stress, happiness, relief, and anxiety all wrapped into one. What characterises these initial months for the baby?
This time is the best time for you to bond with your baby. We, as parents, especially first-timers, may not know what good practices during this time are. Worry not, help is on the way!
Smiling at your baby in this stage is one of the best things that you can do. There will come a point in time when your baby will smile back, and that will be the best feeling in the world for you as a parent.
Interact with the baby’s hands, make your baby track objects with eyes, and try to grip objects in those small little fingers.
The next quarter of the year
This is when a baby begins to get a little active. It tries the best it can to reach out for objects and try to play with them, so keep an eye out for loose, small objects that might be a choking hazard for your infant.
Babies may also learn to laugh and babble during this period, and their sounds may actually seem like real language to you. This is the point in time where the baby begins learning how to communicate with its mouth.
Discovering their voice is perhaps the most fascinating aspect for a baby. Instead of crying, they can now try other ways to call out for you!
Up to the nine month mark now
You can look out for the baby’s first legible words now. Hearing your tiny tot say ‘papa’ or ‘mama’ is the best feeling in the world, isn’t it? (We used that one before, we know!)
It is around this time that babies really learn to move around. Crawling on their tummies or their hands and knees, they will look to reach out to grab objects that they aren’t meant to, so start baby-proofing your house!
Babies also learn to play games and clap, or even respond to their names at this stage.
Happy birthday, baby!
When a year comes up, your baby might begin to take its first steps, or add even more words to its vocabulary. It is around this time that babies begin to act more like toddlers and less like infants, since they have a lot to do now.
Babies may begin wandering around the room by holding on to things, or even grasp objects using their thumb and index finger.
Developmental stages of babies aren’t definite, in any way, shape, or form. An average baby is expected to follow the stages mentioned above, but don’t worry if your baby’s activities differ by a bit. A little variation is to be expected. Until then, have fun with your baby, and make it experience the best of life as an infant!