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Newborn Baby Development Stages & Milestones | Help Me Grow MN

Newborn Baby Development Stages & Milestones | Help Me Grow MN


Minnesota Help Me Grow – When Parents Know, Children Grow. Age: Newborn. A new baby is born. Congratulations. Like most new parents, you’re probably
discovering there are many things to learn about
caring for your new baby. It can seem overwhelming at first. Like
you, your baby is adjusting to a new
situation. As you learn to care for your baby, you will develop your parenting skills,
and what works best for both you and your baby. Cognitive Development. Right from the moment they are born a
baby can see. Newborns eyes are very sensitive to
light. Dimming the lighting will often help a baby be more able to
open his eyes and look at his new surroundings. Babies
love to look at bold patterns or bright objects and faces, especially
their parents faces. Watch how this eight-day-old baby can
already focus on the red ball and track it with her eyes, even turning
her head to keep it in view. Newborns will focus on faces and objects
that are about 8 to 12 inches away. And when a rattle is
shaken softly, she turns to see where the sound is
coming from. (Rattle.) Language and Communication Development. Newborns are sensitive to temperature
changes, loud noises, bright lights, and many
sensations never felt in the womb— such as hunger pains and gas. Your baby’s cry is a very powerful way of communication.
Newborns cry to communicate that they are hungry, cold, wet ,need to burp, tired, overstimulated, or just needing you.
Paying attention to your newborn’s cries will not spoil them. Your response to
your baby’s cries will teach her to trust you to meet her needs. Your baby will gain a sense of security
and comfort. (Baby crying.) When a baby is tired or
overstimulated, she may yawn. When she is bright-eyed
she’s saying she’s ready to take in sights and sounds around her. A newborn spends many hours per day
asleep, but not all in one stretch because a
newborn needs to eat frequently. They will only sleep a few hours at a
time and then become awake to be fed. Remember, back sleeping is the safest
position for your baby and provides the best protection against
sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS. Baby’s sleep area should be free
of blankets and toys. Newborn babies may not sleep
through the night routinely for several weeks, or even months. A young infant needs to
awaken to be fed two to three times per night. Large and
Small Muscle Development. It is important to give a baby plenty of
tummy time when he is alert. This will help the baby develop strength
and head control. Start out gradually by putting the baby
on your chest If a baby doesn’t seem to like to be
on her tummy. Notice how this baby works hard to lift her head to see her mother’s face. Watch out this baby moves her arms and
legs trying to tuck her arms and legs in
when she is on her back. A newborn’s hands are mostly fisted. She will try to coordinate bringing her
hands to her mouth in order to suckle them— something she did in the womb that made
her feel calm and secure. While newborns can hold on
tightly both with fingers and toes, she can’t let
go. There are a lot of things you can do to
help your baby grow and learn. An important way is to give
your baby plenty of love and attention. speaking to your tiny baby is a very
important way to help your baby learn. Talk to your baby about what you are
doing. Sing to your baby too. Talking to your baby helps your baby
learn to communicate. Babies whose parents talk to them understand things more quickly and learn
to talk at an earlier age. Follow your baby’s lead. When she is hungry feed her. When your baby is crying comfort him. (Baby crying.) Sometimes babies aren’t developing
typically or as expected. There are some signs
that may indicate your baby may not be developing as other children his age: If your baby cries and is not able to be
comforted; is not able to suck at the breast or bottle well; is not wakening at least two times during
the night to feed; body seems too stiff or too floppy; does not have brief periods of alertness. If you have concerns about your child’s
development contact your health care provider or you can call the Minnesota Department
of Education Help Me Grow information and referral line at 1-866-693-GROW (4769)

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