Infant Development

Infant Development Milestones

Holding your little bundle of joy in your arms for the first time can be quite the momentous occasion, surpassing any other emotional high that you might have experienced previously. The moment is ephemeral yet eternal. Almost suddenly, you realize that your life is about to change with the tiny little thing that lies cradled peacefully in your arms. Keep yourself informed about the developmental stages of infants so that you can better understand the baby you hold dearly and provide the necessary care at every stage.

Infant Growth and Development – 0-3 months

It’s that stage when along with the endless cycle of nursing, diapering and soothing, your baby rapidly grows up. A few evident changes will leave you mesmerized and wanting to know more about their growth. At this point, a newborn’s head is always a little wobbly, though they will start lifting their heads while lying on their tummies in another couple of months. In no time, they will start rolling over from their tummy to their back, all the while kicking and stretching. You will notice your infant responding to sound – they might blink, frown, wake up from light sleep or get startled to show their response. Your child will also be busy studying your face and will soon start examining the movement of their own hands and feet. They will also begin paying attention to surrounding colors, shapes and objects. Infants respond to your touch, so you should be extremely considerate of how you hold them or rock them. This is the step of infant development when they begin developing bonds and attachment to their parents.

Infant Growth and Development – 3-6 months

By now, your infant is a bit older! You’ll be pleasantly surprised to find them making eye contact with you and conversing in what some call “baby talk”! They will be even more excited if you respond to their sounds and make eye contact in return. At this stage infants start kicking, grasping and chewing – this is the perfect time to give him or her a soft ball and rattle toys to play with. You will also find babies at this age putting their fists into their mouths - you can substitute the fist with a pacifier if you wish, but it is a normal way of playing and is no cause for worry. This is the stage where your child should be able to roll onto their tummy without any additional help.

Because of these developments, you might want to invest in a few development toys like a tummy-time mirror (they’ll love the image in the mirror!), soft bath-time books, colorful fabric balls and safe rattle toys that are free of BPA (Bisphenol A).

Infant Growth and Development – 6-12 months

The infant development process is in full swing between 6-12 months. It is now when infants start turning in a circle while sitting, walking with something to hold on to, crawling up stairs, picking up objects and even trying to pull up socks and booties! You can boost their growth by continuously encouraging them to try new things. Allow them to climb a few stairs, being by their side always, and increase the variety of foods and textures they are exposed to. Buy your infant building blocks and other early toys that will further promote the physical development of infants.

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