The Whole Process of The Growing Up of a Baby 1

Early child development follows a sequence from the newborn stage to 6 years old. After the development stages of your baby in the womb comes a new set of post-childbirth episodes.

The changes that will occur in the first few years of your child’s life are amazing, if not totally astonishing. There’s going to be plenty of milestones where each leads to fresh ones.

Your child will develop new skills in order to progress to the next. The speed of development is quite fast so you’ll have to savor every minute of every magical moment and adjust accordingly.

How Infants Develop (Baby Development Stages)

Keep in mind that your child will develop at his or her own rate or pace. There’s no need to compare the development with other infants. Your baby will likely acquire all the skills in sequential fashion like most babies.

The important thing is that you are engaged and prepared to intervene whenever necessary. You need to apply some hacks too in order to make your parental duties less toxic but more exciting.

The Incredible First Year

Birth to 3 Months

The newborn stage is naturally tension-filled because your baby is helpless, requiring 110% attention. Feeding and sleeping are the most important activities as your baby begins to load up and build energy for growth.

You’ll have to feed your baby at least 5-8 times daily. Breast milk is the best for your baby. Sleep hours can extend up to 20 hours with feedings in between. Your baby is capable of hearing, smelling, tasting and perceptive to touch, temperature and even pain.

It is also during this period that your baby begins to visually explore, create sounds, and cries when hungry or wet. Motor abilities are limited to eye muscle control and lifting of the head when lying on stomach.

Four to Seven Months

By this time, your baby has full recognition of mom and can already distinguish familiar persons like dad and siblings. There’s better control of the head and arms.

Your baby is now keenly aware and expectant of daily routines such as feeding, bathing and dressing up. Feeding frequency reduced to a max of up to 5 times a day.

The best part is that your baby aches for and enjoys your cuddles. Meanwhile, you’re getting accustomed to your everyday duties. In the coming months, you’d be an expert in infant care.

Seven to Nine Months

Your baby is now developing strong emotional attachment particularly if you’re the mother. You will sense her dismay and distress when separated from you.

The motor abilities have vastly improved in hand movements and can sit up without assistance although still predisposed to tumble for lack of balance. Crawling about would be your infant’s pre-occupation. You can play “peek-a-boo” to stimulate a delightful response.

Nine Months to One Year

There’s a growing fear of strangers and mom would be your child’s most trusted person. Your child will respond when you call her by name. Practice the ‘cause and effect’ or ‘give and take’ activities and see how your little toddler is able to react on cue.

Sleep hours have been reduced to 12 hours as your baby’s motor skills have grown tenfold. Your baby can stand on feet and legs with determined attempts to take the first baby steps. Display of emotions is evident, showing signs of happiness, glee, sadness and anger.

Tips for parents on the first year

  • Don’t stress out over anything and everything like vomiting, spitting, and drooling. Babies tend to absorb mommy’s anxiety. Let it be spontaneous to allow your baby to be resilient.
  • Babies cry often and with no reason even if they’re stuffed. Sometimes they cry as a way of communicating. It doesn’t mean your baby is hurting. Babies are inconsolable when they are sick, itchy with rashes or indigested.
  • Don’t wake up your baby to feed. Let your baby sleep it through as she needs to. When hungry, she’ll wake up and cry to ask for feeding.
  • Fever follows after every set of immunization. Any fever over 100.4 during your baby’s first 3 months is an emergency. Keep watch as your baby’s immune system is not yet capable to handle infections on her own.
  • Teach your baby oral care early. Your baby can handle a toothbrush at age 1 but before that, wipe your baby’s tongue often as milk residues may accumulate inside the mouth. Make sure your baby gets plenty of fluoride to prevent cavities.
  • Be prepared for changes in your baby’s sleep pattern. It happens in the course of the first year. Sleep regression is common but there are ways to counter it.

The Breakout Years

After your child’s first birthday, things will change drastically. Events will happen faster than you think. Child safety becomes your main concern. Toddler-proofing your house becomes a necessity. Your baby will start to breakout to gain independence with instances of defiant behavior.

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One to Two Years

Your child will be full of energy and will be moving around quite a lot. There is no awareness yet of the lurking perils behind every action but will gradually learn from a few mishaps.

Your intervention is crucial at this stage because you’ll have to strike a balance between encouraging and preventing specific actions.

In terms of motor abilities, your baby is now capable of bowel and bladder control. You’ll be shifting to solid food and maintain formula or breast milk as part of your baby’s diet.

Start feeding your child with healthy foodstuff such fruits and vegetables while regulating consumption of sugary candies and pastries.

Safety concerns are not limited inside the home but outside as well. You’ll be taking along your toddler during errands, shopping, or vacationing. Allow your child enough liberty to further develop coordination through running, jumping, climbing.

Your child will also gain strength performing these activities. By this time too, your baby will be attracted to toys.

Tips for parents on the breakout years

  • The medical challenges like the common cold, bruises, and other minor emergencies will continue on the toddler months. You'll be dealing with your baby’sdeveloping personality from here on.
  • Bringing your little one to the pediatrician for routine check-ups will be part and parcel of your parental duties.There will be at least 4 visits at 12, 15, 18, and 24 months. The doctor will also check your baby’s immunization record to see if your toddler has missed any.

The Terrible Two

The stage is set for the ‘terrible two’  which is an even bigger package of surprises. Finger dexterity has improved tremendously that tinkering with all sorts of items becomes a regular affair. Your baby’s curiosity level has sky-rocketed and will continue to rise.

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Two to Three Years

This is the period where your patience will be tested while you exercise your parental authority. It’s going to be exhausting repeating warnings of “no” every time. Your restless toddler will often resent orders and insist on what he or she wants.

Some clever children will use emotional blackmail through tantrums. Be prepared to manage such outbursts and manifestations of temper.

Your child would be excited to socialize and interact with other children. Being possessive with toys is normal although sharing them with playmates is more fun.

Your young tot is geared for adventure with a strong desire to try out new things. Decision making is not reliable so it’s dangerous to let them be. Child supervision is mandatory.

Tips for parents on the terrible two stage

  • This period will be one of your child’s most important stages for emotional development. Apart from the temper tantrums and mood swings, your 2-year old will be going through loads of emotions. She’ll be learning about other people’s feelings. Your baby will be grappling on how to express or put into words bigger emotions like anger, embarrassment, frustration and guilt.
  • At 3 years old, your child will be talking moreand speak 3-5 words in sentences. She’ll start learning when it’s her turn to speak and strike a conversation with you.

Conclusion

Just bear in mind that each child develops on his own sweet time. Your grown-up kid will display certain physical abilities, mental strengths, and social behaviors moving into the next childhood years. Every parent should be congratulated for establishing the foundation during the first 6 years. The best is yet to come.

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Hello! I’m Rose Ingram and I’m happy of being mother of my two beautiful daughters. They are the most wonderful gifts that I receive in my life. Thanks for having them ‘cause it makes me feel how my life meaningful is. I am working as a designer, specialize in designing safe things for houses or schools to protect babies with utmost care….

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