How does your baby grow?
Here’s a look at 52 wonderful weeks of learning.
Don’t worry if your baby isn’t doing what’s described here at exactly the time listed. Remember, every baby grows in a way that’s entirely unique and individual. If you have concerns about your child’s development, be sure to discuss them with your pediatrician.
It’s only been a week, but already your newborn knows she can rely on you. By now, she can recognize your voice. Hearing her parents’ familiar voices helps her adjust to the strange new world outside the womb and lets her know that she’s not alone. So the more you talk to her, the better. She can’t understand your words, but your love comes through loud and clear.
This week, your baby can focus on objects 8 to 14 inches away–just about the distance between his eyes and yours during feedings. In fact, babies this age prefer faces to other objects. By looking at him during his meals, you’ll encourage him to practice focusing. As you feed him, move your head slowly from side to side and see if his eyes follow you. This helps build his eye muscles and tracking skills.
Though her movements are still random and jerky, your baby can control her body in one amazing way by this week. She can snuggle! As you hold her, watch how she adjusts her posture towards you. She finds your arms and even your scent calming and comforting. There couldn’t be a more perfect and relaxing way for the two of you to bond.
Have you noticed your baby using his vocal chords in ways other than crying? He may coo and make “ahh” sounds this week, especially when he sees mom or dad. Babies learn by mimicking–so replay his sounds back to him. He not only loves the attention, but he’s also finding out that his voice has power: he calls, you appear!
This week, your baby’s movements are becoming smoother and more purposeful–those random, jerky motions are beginning to disappear. She’s not ready for gym class, but try to give her time each day for using her body. You can give her a gentle mini-workout by slowly pulling her to a sitting position, or letting her “fly” by resting her tummy-down on your forearm. Always support her head.
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