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Essential Baby Development Information

By Debra Aspinall Subscribe to RSS | May 19th 2012 | Views:
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All babies develop at different rates, reaching milestones on their own timeline and at their own speed.

If your baby seems to be slow reaching one of the key milestones don’t worry, she’ll most likely get there soon. And she could be ahead in other skills.

For sure your baby’s development week by week is normal – for her.

If you have real concerns, speak to your GP, but chances are you are worrying unnecessarily and your baby will reach all key milestones at her own pace.

Your baby’s development week by week of her first six months will probably fit, more or less, into this pattern:

Month One

She can: lift her head briefly when lying on her stomach, focus on a face or object, respond to sounds

She’ll probably be able to: follow a moving object, see black and white patterns

Month Two

She can: respond to a sound, hold her head up for short spells, follow objects with her eyes, coo, gurgle or hum

She’ll probably be able to: smile when you smile, hold her head up when on her stomach, control her movements, grab objects voluntarily rather than instinctively.

Month Three

She can: hold her head at a 45 degree angle for longer periods when on her tummy, smile in response to a smile, recognise people, laugh out loud

She’ll probably be able to: squeal with happiness, lift her head to a 90 degree angle when on her tummy, put her hands together, precisely follow an object moved from side to side in front of her, control her movements even more.

Month Four

She can: lift her head up 90 degrees when on her tummy and keep it there for longer, bear her weight on her legs while being held, respond to your chatter with coos and gurgles.

She’ll probably be able to: grasp items and reach for them, raise her chest supporting her weight with her arms when on her tummy and roll over in one direction.

Month Five

She can: Tell the difference between bold colours, raise her chest supporting her weight with her arms when on her tummy, roll over, play with her hands and feet.

She’ll probably be able to: respond to new sounds, turn in the direction of voices, respond to her own name, blow raspberries.

Month Six

She can: hold her head strong and straight with her body when pulled from her back into a sitting position, recognise many different sounds and voices and copy sounds.

She’ll probably be able to: sit without support, roll in both directions, imitate simple sounds like mama and dada

Debra Aspinall - About Author:
Debra Aspinall is an experienced journalist and the editor and leading writer for the Emma’s Diary website, one of the UKs foremost pregnancy and baby websites. She writes on baby development week by week, pregnancy and conception advice, pregnancy symptoms week by week and etc. If you are searching for free baby stuff, please visit us at Emmasdiary.co.uk.

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