Baby is growing so fast and is always learning! Baby’s vision is improving and they have begun focusing on nearby objects. Newborns especially love black, red, and big squares or polka dots.
Why Does Everyone Keep Talking About Tummy Time?
Have you started yet? Tummy Time helps baby build strength needed to meet future milestones. Start when you bring baby home from the hospital, a few times a day, working up to a total of an hour each day. To see the 5 different Tummy Time positions and other great tips, visit our Tummy Time page.
Bonding With Your Baby
Bonding is the name of the game in these early stages. Hold and comfort baby when they are upset. Baby doesn’t know how to self-calm yet, which is why they need you. It’s not possible to give them too much love and attention.
The American Academy of Pediatrics sets clear guidelines on safe sleep. Did you know an easy way to help baby grow stronger is to switch which end of the crib you put baby’s head?
ALWAYS REMEMBER: Back to Sleep, Tummy to Play!
Roll, sit, come here. These almost sound like dog commands, don’t they? These things are actually some of the milestones baby will be reaching soon. You’ll be amazed how quickly they develop new skills!
Starting solids is a big deal! There are a lot of questions:
When do I start?
What should I give baby first?
How soon can I give them their second food?
Answers to these questions and more on our starting solid foods blog post.
Tummy Time Isn’t Over
Rolling over doesn’t mean Tummy Time is over! Keep it up! Tummy Time is a great way to play with baby. Peek-a-boo and singing songs helps keep baby’s interest. Lay baby on a blanket, mat, or carpet to give them the sensory experience of feeling many different textures.
Baby’s teeth will be popping in soon! Don’t be surprised if they chew on their hands or their gums are a little swollen. Chill a wet washcloth for them to chew on for comfort, but don’t give them anything frozen solid. Start brushing as soon as baby’s first tooth appears.
Look out! If baby hasn’t started crawling yet they will be soon. Keep a close eye on baby to make sure they stay safe while exploring.
Little Things Go a Long Way
Baby is watching everything you do! Simple things can help baby reach milestones. While folding laundry, give them a piece of clothing to investigate. While cooking dinner, let them sit in the kitchen to develop their senses and more! When baby spends time with you, they are learn more about everyday objects and get to hear your words and voice.
Baby is Babbling
Is baby starting to understand you? They may recognize the tone of your voice and are learning how to better communicate their needs. Don’t be surprised if baby reaches for you to be picked up, or shakes their head at you when they’re done feeding. These are baby’s newly learned communication skills.
Those Fingers are Getting Strong
Baby has recently discovered how amazing their hands are! Expect a lot of pointing and clapping. You may also notice their fine motor skills developing. This is great for picking up pieces of food, but watch out for pulling hair!
As your baby is approaching their first birthday they are moving and “talking” more than ever before. This is an exciting time as your baby gains more independence and develops new skills.
Better Watch Out! You Have a Little Explorer
Give your child space to explore and discover on their own. Baby-proofing is key because baby will start climbing and pulling on furniture. It won’t be long before they are walking on their own and then you’ll be so busy running after baby you won’t need that gym membership anymore!
Baby’s First Word
Has baby said “mama” or “dada” yet? If not, baby is probably getting close! Reading stories together, describing your actions, and singing songs are all great ways to help develop language skills. When baby is babbling, repeat the sounds they are saying and turn them into real words. For example, if baby says “ba”, repeat it by saying “ball.”
Playtime = Fun Time
Playtime will become a lot more interactive during this stage, as baby is learning new gestures and starts to understand that there is a “back-and-forth” in conversation.