Your baby's first year is one of the most exciting and amazing times for you to watch her grow. It's important to remember that babies develop at different rates and these guidelines are representative of what is considered typical. If you are concerned that your baby is not meeting certain milestones on time, talk to your child's doctor.
At one month, your baby typically makes eye contact and stares at faces. He responds to his parent's voice. He can lift his head and move it from side to side while lying on his tummy. He can follow objects briefly with his eyes. He begins to coo, gurgle, and make other vocal sounds. And he makes equal movements with hands and feet.
At two months, your baby sees black and while patterns. She can follow objects across field of vision. She discovers her hands. She can hold her head up for short periods of time. She can smile and laugh. She will briefly grasp and hold objects placed in her hands.
At three months, your baby can hold his head steady. He will imitate some movement and facial expressions. He can bring his hands to his mouth. He blows bubbles. He knows his parent's face. He can lift his head and shoulders when lying on his tummy. He can support body with arms when lying on tummy.
At four months, your baby begins reaching. She can use her arms simultaneously. She can grasp and release toys and bring hands together. She relaxes and opens hands at rest. She can bear weight on her legs. She will coo and make noise when spoken to. And, she can roll over from tummy to back.
At five months, your baby reacts and turns towards sound and voices. He can grasp smaller objects. He can roll over in both directions. He plays with hands and feet. He begins "creeping." He can support body weight on legs when held in a standing position. He reaches with one hand and can transfer objects from hand to hand.
At six months, you baby can imitate sounds. He begins eating solid foods. He can sit without support. He picks up dropped objects. He can sit in a high chair. He may start teething, which can occur from 4-7 months of age. He enjoys hearing his own voice. He vocalizes to mirror and toys. He begins to make sounds that resemble one-syllable words.
This is such an exciting time for your baby! It is amazing to think about how much they develop, change, and grow in this time period. Remember that you contribute to this growth by spending time with your baby, talking to him and stimulating him. He needs time down on the floor, on a blanket or mat, and he needs to be on his tummy as well as his back. Talk to him while you change and feed him. Label his body parts, sing him songs, make faces, and read him stories. Remember, parents are their child's first teacher!
If you are looking for a good selection of child development books, check out your local libraries in Vineland and Millville. There is also a good selection to buy at Bogart's Book Store in Millville. These are used but in good condition and is an ever-changing selection.