Development in the first six Months of your Babys Life

Having a child is an exciting and wonderful experience that is filled with new adventures and revelations. During the first six months your baby is learning something new practically everyday! It is very important to remember that not every baby is going to follow an exact timeline, growing is a unique and individual progress for each baby. But we can get excited about a few things because in no time at all your baby will be smiling, rolling over and sitting up. This article will highlight, monthly, some of the first milestones that your baby will experience.

Month One

It is important to know that the first couple days you’re baby might lose up to 10% of his or her body weight before they start to stabilize and gain weight; this is completely normal. After this initial decrease in weight you’re baby could gain anywhere up to an ounce a day. Newborns and young babies can sleep away most of the day but when they are awake they are learning about the new world they are in and their new families.

Since you’re baby is getting to know your face it is important to hold him only eight to ten inches away from you, because his eyesight is still developing at this stage. Also during month one you’ll notice you’re baby was born with sucking reflexes and can even grasp you’re finger with her little fists. At this early point in baby’s life it is still necessary to help them support their neck even if they try to hold their head up on their own.

Month two

The second month is going to be an exciting one as you find your baby interacts with you more. This might even be the month that you are graced with her first smile. This month your baby will probably gain between 1-2 pounds and he will start to stretch his legs showing the growth in his length.

Baby’s still need up to sixteen hours of sleep this month and it would be smart to try and get in a routine where most of these were at night. The second month is also a great month for new and cute coo sounds, as your baby learns new ways to communicate.

Month three

In the third month parents might find a little more time for sleeping as their baby is more able to sustain food through the night. This does not mean your baby will be ready to go the whole night without a feeding, but he will definitely be making it longer hours.

During the third month a baby’s strength grows considerably and holding his head up is becoming easier. That makes this a great month to introduce books, especially with sounds, and you may find that your baby tries to imitate them. Also, they can support most of their weight on their feet with help and will discover their newest toy; their hands! Keeping your eye on your baby on changing tables is a good idea this month as they might roll over.

Month four

Finally, a full nights sleep, as your baby can now go eight hours without a feeding; though two naps during the day will also be needed. Remember when you’re little one was born? It is very likely that this month she will have doubled her weight! Little hands flail around and grasp all that is in reach, so be warned, and these objects are likely to go straight to the mouth.

Your baby’s strength has developed even more and the wobbly head is long gone. There is a chance that this month you will notice a change in your baby’s eye color as they do not settle into their permanent color until around the sixth month. This month, his sight will improve to 20/40 and he will be able to see well across the room.

Month five

If your baby isn’t sleeping all night yet try setting into a night routine such as a warm bath, then some rocking and story time. Her eyes have sharpened and color contrast is now available, although your baby will still prefer primary colors. This might be a fun month as your baby becomes more aware and active; trying to perfect their new motorskills. Babbling and talking might be increasing as your baby learns to speak.

Month six

This month your baby is showing her independence by sitting up and, perhaps, rolling across the living room floor. The sixth month is when most pediatricians will recommend starting your baby on solid foods. If you’re mom, dad or anyone else that has been around a lot the last couple months baby is starting to recognize and remember you!

He will also start to cling to favorite toys or objects. If you go back to school or work this month, your baby might be uneasy to be left with strangers or uncommon people. To help your child develop his senses this is a great month to play games like peek-a-boo; to teach object permanence. This is a great month, and like the rest of the first year, personality is growing and you are getting to know your little one.

The first six months of your baby’s life will be a fun and exciting adventure as your baby hits certain milestones. Every baby will hit these milestones at different points, but if you are afraid or worried over your baby’s muscle control and/or fine motor skills make sure to speak with her pediatrician.