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Your Babys Development Firsts – From Newborn To Three Months
From eyesight to first smiles, your babys early months are a miraculous journey of developmental progress
The most important thing to remember when it comes to your childs development, is that one size doesnt fit all, says Dr Brenda Todd, a child development expert at babycademy.co.uk: lsquo;The speed at which a baby learns to roll, crawl and walk doesnt determine how bright hell be when he gets older. Infants all develop at different rates, so dont fall into the trap of comparing your baby to others of the same age.
‘Dont fall into the trap of comparing your baby to others of the same age’
Dr Kalpesh Dixit, a paediatrician from Pall Mall Medical adds: lsquo;Development is different for every baby. No two children develop at the same rate ndash; not even siblings.However, it can be comforting to have expert benchmarks about what he might be doing as he grows, so you can help him and enjoy each stage.
You may think your little bundle just sleeps and feeds, but even from day one newborns are soaking up information. lsquo;Hes already aware that his new surroundings ndash; the outside world ndash; is different to the womb, says Dr Todd. lsquo;As such he craves the womb-like environment hes enjoyed for the last nine months. He wants to feel warm and safe so hell probably just want to feed and be held a lot to begin with.
Dr Sarah Brewer, author of A Childs World (19.95, Headline) adds: lsquo;From the very early weeks babies can listen, watch and start to recognise people and objects. And from around the four- to six-week mark, you may get that magical first smile.
Stanford University researchers have discovered that babies can make out a face at just an hour old. Scientists found that newborns start to recognise faces long before other objects. Its thought this is an instinct to help with bonding.
So keep your bond strong with lots of eye contact and close face-to-face. lsquo;He also likes gentle and rhythmic ldquo;ssshh-ingrdquo; sounds, as it reminds him of the sound of your blood pumping round when he was in the womb, says Dr Todd.
By the time your baby is around three months old, hell have some sense of appreciation of you as a person. lsquo;Hell recognise youre his mum and will enjoy being talked to and looked at by his parents and close family, says Dr Todd.
‘Putting objects in his mouth is easier than examining it with his hands and eyes’
Researchers from the Institute of Cognitive Sciences in France have just discovered the reasons why babies put everything in their mouths ndash; its a survival instinct. Babies are hardwired to put things in their mouth to actually lsquo;supply themselves with food. lsquo;The other reason is its a way of examining objects, says Dr Todd. lsquo;His brain is learning about different textures and putting objects in his mouth is easier than examining it with his hands and eyes.
Its a great time to start verbally interacting with your baby, telling him what youre doing and why. lsquo;For example, if youre in the kitchen making breakfast, explain what youre doing. Even though he still seems so tiny, this helps him learn about language and conversational skills, says Dr Todd.
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