Tiny Triumphs – Who’s in the newborn club?
Let’s look at development of our smallest adventurers!
Hey there, proud parents
The first three months with a newborn are an extraordinary rollercoaster of emotions, sleepless nights, and heart-melting moments. It’s a time when your little one transforms from a squishy newborn into a tiny human with budding personality traits. Today, we’re diving into the magical world of developmental milestones in babies aged 0-3 months.
Week 1-2: The Newborn Marvel
Congratulations! You’ve just brought home your little miracle. During the first couple of weeks, your baby is still adjusting to life outside the womb. Here’s what you can expect:
The Grasp Reflex: When you touch your baby’s palm, they’ll instinctively grip your finger. It’s like they’re saying, “Hold my hand, please!”
The Startle Reflex: Loud noises or sudden movements might make your baby flail their arms and legs. It’s their way of showing they’re still getting used to this big, noisy world.
The Rooting Reflex: If you stroke your baby’s cheek, they’ll turn their head toward your hand, seeking that sweet source of nourishment: the breast or bottle.
Week 3-6: Smiles and Social Butterflies
Around this time, you might be blessed with your baby’s first social smile. It’s not just gas; it’s genuine happiness! 😊
Social Smiles: Your heart will melt when your baby looks at you and smiles. It’s a sign they’re recognizing your face and bonding with you.
Tummy Time: Begin incorporating short tummy time sessions to help your baby strengthen their neck muscles. It’s a workout that sets the stage for future milestones.
Week 7-12: Coos and Giggles Galore
Get ready for some delightful vocalisations! Your baby will start experimenting with sounds, giving you a taste of their developing personality.
Cooing: You might hear your baby making adorable cooing sounds. Respond to them; it’s the beginning of conversations to come!
Tracking Objects: Watch in awe as your little one begins to follow objects with their eyes. It’s like their own mini safari adventure.
Giggles: Laughter alert! Some babies start giggling around this age, often in response to playful interactions with you.
Week 13: The Grand Finale of the Newborn Phase
As you reach the end of the first three months, you’ll be amazed at how your tiny newborn has transformed into a more interactive and expressive baby. They’ve grown in leaps and bounds, both figuratively and literally.
Head Control: Your baby’s neck muscles are getting stronger, allowing for better head control. Support them during tummy time to encourage this development.
First Interaction: Your baby might start showing more interest in their surroundings and other people. Peek-a-boo becomes the ultimate hit!
Sleep Patterns: You might notice that your baby’s sleep patterns are slowly becoming more predictable. You might even get a few longer stretches of shut-eye.
As you cherish each moment with your little one, remember that every baby develops at their own pace. Celebrate these milestones as they come and savour the journey of discovery together.
Let’s celebrate the tiny triumphs of these precious first three months! 🍼👶💕
Until next time,