Babies are a beautiful gifts from God. They are pure, fragile and amazing little people. As a mother of three boys and babysitter to many children throughout my life, I have had my fair share of baby experiences over the years. I just love them. Next to salvation and my life, my “babies” have been blessings in my life. It has been bitter sweet watching them grow up, but here I am with a wealth of information and baby experiences to share. The following is a quick list of baby milestones that are helpful to new moms.
GENERAL FACTS / BABY MILESTONES
* Baby growth spurts around 3, 6, 13 and 26 weeks
* You cannot spoil a newborn baby; maybe from 6 months and older.
* Babies who get their teeth early are likely to develop faster physically.
* Peanut butter is a choking hazard for children under age 2.
NEWBORN BABY 1 WEEK OLD
• Newborns can see only up to 12 inches away and can’t focus well yet.
• Your baby can tell the difference between warm and cold.
• Babies are born with reflexes that disappear in the first year.
• Baby’s skin won’t be fully developed until six months of age.
NEWBORN BABY 2 WEEKS OLD
• Some babies start crying real tears at 2 weeks; others, don’t until later.
• Babies start to cry more at 2 weeks old . 1 in 4 babies develop colic.
• Researchers now believe that baby smiles aren’t just gas – they’re real and start
between 2 – 8 weeks.
NEWBORN BABY 3 WEEKS OLD
• Baby might move his head from side to side & lift it for a few seconds when on tummy.
• Babies mostly in black and white, but some gray and bright, high-contrast colors.
• At 3 weeks, babies can focus enough to see more complex shapes.
• Baby movements are still jerky, but he can already snuggle up to you.
NEWBORN BABY 4 WEEKS OLD
• Baby is learning to communicate by cooing.
• Babies starting to make an “ahh” sound when you appear and/or when he’s relaxed.
• Baby has known your voice since birth and likes hearing it, even from across the room.
• Babies start to discover their fingers and toes around this time.
NEWBORN BABY 5 WEEKS OLD
• Baby’s neck muscles are developing and may be able to hold up his head.
• Babies stay awake for longer during the day; up to as long as 10 hours.
• Increased alertness may lead to over-stimulation / spontaneous crying.
• Over the next few weeks, baby smiles become more social; so your baby can smile at you!
NEWBORN BABY 6 WEEKS OLD
• Babies practice their grip (it’s not just a reflex anymore) and starting to reach.
• Your baby will become more expressive. You may notice some facial expressions.
• Most babies will stop crying as much at 6 weeks.
• Baby will start looking around to find you when he hears you.
• Baby breath and sucking change in response to unfamiliar sounds.
BABY 7 WEEKS OLD
• Babies can now see more detailed colors, designs and three dimension shapes.
• Baby’s eyes start to work together better this week; this helps them focus.
• Your baby will stay up more instead of just waking while eating.
2 MONTHS OLD
• Baby might start swatting at objects with hands and kicking with feet.
• Baby is losing reflex and starting to hold things in his hands.
• Baby might be more fussy this month because he is going though a lot of changes.
• Baby will start drooling more and trying to put things in his mouth.
• Baby might laying on his side, though will not roll over until about 12 -16 weeks.