Every baby learns and develops at his or her pace. While you look at a list of developmental milestones, please know that this information is an estimate of when your child will begin to do the following developmental tasks. Don’t be worried about your child’s development unless you notice some of the warning signs mentioned.
Milestones to Notice at One Month Old
Your baby’s eyes can only focus on objects about one foot away. Shapes and patterns are interesting to your baby at this age. Your baby should be able to respond well to sounds. Even though your baby can lift his or her head for a moment or two, the baby’s head and neck still need to be supported. Your baby may also be able to find his or her mouth with their hands.
What You Can Do to Stimulate Your One Month Old
You can’t spoil a baby. Make sure she is cuddled, loved, changed and fed. Other activities you can do to stimulate your child’s development are:
· Place your baby on his tummy.
· Put toys a bit out of his reach so he can stretch and strengthen his muscles.
· Take your baby for walks and to spend play time outdoors to experience many various people, places, and things. Your child also needs the Vitamin D that the sun provides.
· Provide lots of eye contact and physical contact with your baby.
· Mimic the sounds your baby makes.
· Learn to read what your child needs if he is tired, hungry or needs a diaper change.
Behavioral Concerns for Your One Month Old
You need to be concerned if your one-month-old:
· Doesn’t suck well or seems to feed slowly.
· Doesn’t appear to be able to focus her eyes.
· Doesn’t seem to notice bright lights objects moving by her.
· Does not react to sounds, especially loud ones.
· Seems very stiff or very lax and floppy.
If your one-month-old displays any of these concerns, contact your baby’s health care provider right away. Babies do develop at widely varying rates, so consult an expert if you aren’t sure your baby is making real progress.
Milestones to Notice at Three Months Old
Your three-month-old responds to your interaction by smiling at this age. He makes babbling sounds and may begin to imitate some of the sounds you make. He may not need you to support his head and can lift his head and chest away from the ground. He can close his hands as well as open them. He actively plays with toys by touching them and trying to put them in his mouth. He can also push with his legs if you hold him in a standing position.
Your baby’s hand to eye coordination as well as his vision is improving. He can see you and recognize you even across the room as well as watch shiny or other interesting items. .
What You Can Do to Stimulate Your Three Month Old
· Respond to him quickly to help him feel that his needs are being met. Offer him his pacifier or let him suck a thumb to begin to learn to self-sooth.
· Continue to use tummy time to develop his muscles.
· Spend lots of time interacting with your baby by cuddling, talking to and playing with him.
Areas of Concern for a Three Month Old
While every baby develops at his own rate, you may need to check with a pediatrician if your child:
· Can’t hold up his head very well.
· Can’t grab toys or other objects.
· Doesn’t follow moving objects with his eyes.
· Doesn’t smile or respond to your interactions with him.
· Doesn’t react to new faces.
· Doesn’t respond to loud sounds.
· Is upset by new surroundings or people.
Milestones to Notice at Four to Seven Months
At four to seven months, your child responds to the world by smiling, babbling, laughing and mimicking you. He responds well to people and his surroundings. By seven months old your baby can move by himself. He can bounce when you hold him as well as roll from his tummy to his back. He can also sit up with very little, if any, support. She uses a raking grasp to pull objects closer and can hold toys and move them from one hand to another.
Your baby responds to your voice, simple commands such as “no,” and responds to her name by looking at you. She loves to play games that find hidden toys and play Peekaboo. She loves to study objects as they move, and can appreciate colors. She also loves to gaze at herself in a mirror.
What You Can Do to Stimulate Your Four to Seven Month Old
Playing and interacting with your baby is one of the most important activities you can do for his development. Continue to provide cuddling, singing, talking to and playing with your baby. Some other activities you can do to enhance your baby’s development at this age are:
· Read to your baby every day, naming objects and making appropriate noises to go with the pictures in the book.
· Give your baby many opportunities during the day to move, stretch and strengthen his back by placing him on his back and stomach and allowing him to move.
· Make sure your baby’s environment is safe and baby proof so he can move around safely.
· Be sure he has toys or safe household objects to play with, like measuring cups, wooden spoons, etc.
· Establish routine playing, sleeping and feeding times.
· Start solid foods at about the age of six months or as recommended by your baby’s healthcare provider.
Areas of Concern for a Four to Seven Month Old
Contact your baby’s healthcare provider if you notice:
· She seems quite floppy or quite stiff.
· She can’t hold up her head well.
· She can’t sit up alone.
· She doesn’t react to loud sounds or noises.
· She doesn’t respond to her family or those close to her.
· She doesn’t play with or reach for objects.