A baby’s development is one of the most exciting stages of your life. And your child’s too! If you and your partner are first-time parents, QPlay would like to assist you and provide you with essential information on everything new that lies ahead. We’ll support you on this new adventure!
In this post you will find a comprehensive guide to the changes that your baby will experience during each growth stage. Do you have any idea what they involve? Development of their senses, changes to their sleep patterns, food and anything that might concern you. But push your fears aside, take a deep breath and enjoy these moments! They’re bound to be memorable. Are you ready? Let’s begin!
A baby’s development, step by step
First of all, remember that all babies are different, so don’t go comparing your baby’s development with that of your friends’ children. Everyone is unique!
The five senses… and beyond!
During their first month of life, your baby’s sight cannot yet distinguish or focus on things correctly. For this reason, look for baby toys that are bright or have lights to stimulate their eyes. In this initial stage, they tend to be guided more by sounds that are familiar, which is why they recognise when they are in their mother’s or father’s arms. Amazing, right? Your voice is their guide in their first stages of development. Do you know the best way to familiarise your child with your voice? Lullabies! If you don’t know any relaxing music for babies, ask your parents to teach you a lullaby! Your baby will need one when they can’t sleep or are unsettled.
Do you know how to do baby massage? This is an incredible way to stimulate your baby’s sense of touch. Why? Because it impacts their psychomotor development by moving their hands and feet, as well as reinforcing self-esteem and security. By stroking your baby’s skin they can experience all the love you have for them.
As your baby grows, their senses will become more precise. In a short space of time, your baby will be walking, jumping and running. However, although they might grow, they’ll never stop being your baby!
Eating and sleeping
Eating and sleeping. These two activities are the main actions your baby will be doing during their first months of life. Don’t be alarmed as this is normal. A baby usually sleeps between 16 and 20 hours a day, waking only to eat. Did you know that?
These two activities are extremely beneficial to your baby. While they are asleep, their respiratory system gets stronger and they also establish their own breathing rhythm. With regard to the perfect food, paediatricians recommend breast milk as it provides all the nutrients your baby needs to grow strong and healthy.
More common changes that occur during the first stages of a baby’s development
Do you know what happens with teething? Yes, your baby will be uncomfortable and, on occasion, in pain when their first teeth emerge. This will make them cry, a LOT! Everything they find and can pick up will make its way into their mouth, so make sure you keep an eye on your little monster!
From the second four-month period of life onwards, your baby’s weight gain will not be as rapid: they will gain an average of 20 grams per day. Their immune system is still sensitive at this point, for which reason they may catch colds, the flu, and even a fever. But don’t worry! Even though you might not think these illnesses are beneficial, provided that they are mild they will strengthen your baby’s defences against future symptoms. If your baby’s discomfort worries you a lot, book an appointment with your paediatrician who will help alleviate your fears.
Most importantly, don’t forget to enjoy your baby’s development!
Time flies and before you know it your baby will be independent and will start to experience things without you. But don’t be sad! Although you’re not by their side, they know you’re always there to offer them love, support and comfort whenever they require. Our best piece of advice is to enjoy every stage of your baby’s development, every sound, and every gesture that your baby makes as they’ll be unique.
Did you enjoy this post? Make sure you leave a comment. Tell us which stage you loved the most and the memorable moments you’ll remember forever. See you in the comments!