Normal Changes Your Baby Will Go Through
Having a baby for the first time can be worrisome and scary in many ways, as anyone who has been in that situation will know too well. But no matter what, or how prepared you do or don’t feel, it is useful to try and do your research as best as you can beforehand so that you know what to expect.
Some of the things that often catch new parents off guard are those changes that all babies go through. The trouble is that some of these can seem very worrying or strange, and it’s only by appreciating that they are normal changes that you can hope to approach it in a much calmer way. Let’s take a look at some of the normal changes your baby will go through that you might want to prepare for.
This one is obviously a joy, and it’s something that you are going to absolutely love when it happens. It’s good to watch out for it though as if it doesn’t happen, then this could be a sign of autism and other issues.
Your baby should ideally start to smile very early on, probably only to themselves at first. But within the first three or so months, you should find that they start to smile in response to what is going on around them, most of all to their mother and father.
They will try to get you to smile back, which can be absolutely adorable. This is one of those times you want to get your camera out and be ready, just in case!
Raising Their Head
An important part of the development of any baby is raising their head. This is a sure sign that your baby is growing well and gaining strength. Again, if this does not start to happen then it is something that you will want to speak to a doctor about.
Most babies will start to raise their heads from one to three months, so if it has been three or four months and they are still not doing it, consider looking into it. However, also bear in mind that this is not a perfect science, and some babies are just always going to take a little longer to do these things. Raising the head is one of those moments you are probably going to be very proud of, so keep an eye out for this one.
Tracking Objects With The Eye
It goes without saying that you want your baby to be able to use their eyes properly, and a big part of that is ensuring that they can track objects with their eyes. They should start to be able to do this around the same time as raising their head, certainly in the first four months, and you should ensure that you are looking out for this one too.
They will start to watch you move around and watch objects too, and you will hopefully notice that they are crossing their eyes less and less as they do so. That’s a hugely important sign, and one to be glad for when it happens as it means they are developing well.
One of the signs that a lot of parents find worrisome is when their baby starts to lose hair. This can happen really at any point in the first few months, and for a second, it can seem strange or as though something is wrong.
If you feel that way, don’t worry, a lot of parents before you have worried about it too. But losing baby hair is actually perfectly normal and natural, and just another one of those things that will happen to your baby early on.
Your baby might lose a tuft or even go completely bald, but it’s all to do with sudden changes in their hormone levels. It is not as much of an issue as it is for adults, in fact, it’s completely normal and nothing to worry about – unless it is coupled with other symptoms such as swelling around the eyes or jitteriness.
Because you want your baby to be able to hold things properly, gripping is always considered an important development phase as well. You should start to look out for your baby grasping objects within the first three months.
In many cases, the first thing they grasp will be your own hand, which can be a very tender and lovely moment for all involved, and one of those things that you are never going to forget as a parent.
If your baby does not start to grip onto things, then you will need to think about looking into what might be the cause. It is not something that you want to merely leave alone or ignore.
Once they start to get a little older, such as around four to six months, your baby should start to roll over as well, usually from front to back and back again. This is a healthy sign, and it means that your baby is learning how to use their body in a very real and essential way.
Normally, they will go front to back first, but it’s not a problem if they go the other way – the important thing is that they are rolling over at all, so make sure that you look out for it.
This is exciting because it is one of the early signs of language, even if it is not quite a language itself just yet. Soon enough, real words will come, and this is an important early part of the process which can help your baby to learn to speak properly.
You should engage with them and encourage them to babble if you want them to be able to speak well later on. It is one of the most exciting stages that your baby will go through in these early months.
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