Bringing Out the Best in Your Baby Part Two. By Midwife Zoe
This is the 2nd part to a 3-part series on what to expect from your baby’s development up until the age of 3 months. You can find part one here. The Children’s Hospital at Westmead in Sydney created a booklet to give to NSW mothers discussing these developmental milestones, however, I think every mother, no matter where they live would benefit from its information and this is how this blog has come about. It is important to enjoy your baby’s developmental milestones and I think the best way of doing this is to know what you would be expecting to find for your baby at certain ages. It is, however, important to know that every baby is different. If your baby was born prematurely then you wouldn’t be expecting your baby to be meeting the exact developmental milestones as a baby that was born at term. Keep everything in perspective and do not get stressed if your baby isn’t meeting the exact things that have been discussed in this blog. It doesn’t mean something is wrong with your baby, but rather that we are all different and unique; and this includes developmental pace.
Two to Six Weeks of Age
SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL – ACTIVITIES TO ENCOURAGE YOUR BABY’S DEVELOPMENT
- Smile at your baby when you are speaking. Soon your baby will start to smile back at you.
- Use facial expressions and a happy tone when talking to your baby.
- Hold cuddle and kiss your baby often.
- Softly massage your baby after their baby before nights sleep.
SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL – DEVELOPMENT STAGES TO ENJOY
- When parent’s and baby’s eyes meet, the reward is a big smile.
- Baby responds to comforting voice with facial movements and by changing the breathing rhythm
- Baby sleeps most of the time.
LANGUAGE & UNDERSTANDING – ACTIVITIES TO ENCOURAGE YOUR BABY’S DEVELOPMENT
- Sing to your baby.
- Hang up a mobile for your baby to watch and enjoy.
- Smile and talk to your baby, introducing baby to the different tones of speech.
LANGUAGE & UNDERSTANDING – DEVELOPMENTAL STAGES TO ENJOY
- Baby makes gurgling sounds such as ooh and aah.
HAND MOVEMENTS – ACTIVITIES TO ENCOURAGE YOUR BABY’S DEVELOPMENT
- Offer your fingers for your baby to clasp.
HAND MOVEMENTS – DEVELOPMENTAL STAGES YOU CAN ENJOY
- Baby’s hands continue to close around objects placed in the hand, as a reflex.
BODY MOVEMENTS – ACTIVITIES TO ENCOURAGE YOUR BABY’S DEVELOPMENT
- Encourage head control by holding your baby upright facing you with one hand supporting the baby’s head and back. Smile and talk to your baby.
BODY MOVEMENTS – DEVELOPMENTAL STAGES TO ENJOY
- When held in the front bent position, baby’s head raises slightly to be on the same level as the rest of the body. Baby still has no head control when pulled forward to sit.
- Baby lies in a more relaxed, less flexed posture.
By week two you may be extremely exhausted from the needs of your newborn. Try to enjoy this time with your baby, they grow so quickly. I have attached a few videos for you to pursue. These are great American YouTube Video’s on “Newborn Development”. It has some great information in it and I thought it would be beneficial for our readers. REFERENCE The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. (2011). Bringing Out the Best in Your Baby. Sydney, NSW.
Zoe (This article contains general information only and is not intended to replace advice from a qualified health professional. All information is written from the experience and knowledge of the person writing the post).