Before you start reading our text about the Important Baby Milestones during 0-6 months, you must have in mind that everyone is different and that goes for babies as well. This means that you have to realize that each child has its own pace of development. The term “Normal” can mean a lot of things, but the most important thing is that you don’t need to panic if something doesn’t fit the “Normal” standards, unless you notice one of the warning signs we are about to talk about.
The first month with your baby will be a marathon of changing diapers, putting to sleep and feeding and being paranoid and checking every five minutes while the baby sleeps if she is breathing. And don’t worry that is normal. After a few weeks, when both you and the baby have gotten used to each other, the little one will start to react to your touch, face and your voice.
What you need to do
Get to know your baby. Plat with her, talk to her, and cuddle with her. You will soon learn what sound goes for what, and know when she cries because she is hungry, needs a diaper change, doesn’t want to play anymore, or wants to sleep. When your baby is awake, put her on her tummy as much as you can so that her muscles develop and get stronger. Take her out for walks, she will love the fresh air and new sounds.
Every child has its own speed of development, but if you notice any of these signs, make sure you take your baby to a doctor:
- Doesn’t react to bright light
- Doesn’t suck well while she feeds
- Doesn’t notice moving things around her
- Is too stiff or too floppy
- Doesn’t react to loud noises
By now, your baby reacts every time you are near her and smiles. She now really loves when you play with her, and even tries to mimic your facial expressions and sounds you make. She communicates with you in her special way. Her neck is much stronger and she can hold her head on her own, especially when on her tummy. The little hands now open and close and she tries to touch everything in her eyesight. The baby is now able to recognize you from across the room!
What you need to do
You should respond to your baby promptly, and make her feel loved and secured. Don’t worry about spoiling your baby! Continue to put your baby on her tummy as much as possible, and when she is on her back, give her toys to play with and develop her motoric skills. Shower your baby with love and talk to her and, encourage her to “talk” with you as much as possible.
- Can’t hold her head straight
- Doesn’t react to new faces
- Doesn’t smile
- Not capable of grabbing objects
- Doesn’t notice loud noises
- Doesn’t focus on moving objects
4 to 6 months
Your baby is now a fully fledged part of the family! Now she smiles more and even laughs. By now, you are even enjoying your little babbling “conversations”. The baby is much more active, and she can even roll over on her tummy and back, without a problem. Now the baby is capable of sitting with your help, and even bounces when you hold her and she feels solid ground beneath her feet. She is now fully capable of grabbing objects and even recognizes your tone when you speak to her. She will now react to your “NO!” and also react when you call her by her name.
What you need to do
Your baby now sees the world around her in full color and sees much farther. This is why you need to present to her colorful toys, books, and have plenty of walks in the park. You need to encourage her to sit and play in that position, so that her back muscles can become stronger. But don’t push it, every few hours, a five minute sit is enough. By now you should have a steady routine for feeding, playtime, and sleeping. By now, your baby might be ready for solid food.
- Not capable of holding her head straight
- Doesn’t reach with her hands for objects
- Doesn’t react to smiles and noises
- Not capable of sitting on her own
- Doesn’t show affection for those closest to her
- Is very floppy or stiff