A newborn baby is like a magical minion raring to go grow.Before you know it, your baby’s bawling, crawling and falling. And you’re left wondering how the time flew by so quickly and whether you could ever reclaim that wondrous newborn phase. Of course you can’t, but the years ahead hold just as much promise and excitement as the one gone by. Take it from us.Newborn Development MilestonesYou’ll find that your first year of parenthood opens your eyes to a whole sequence of marvellous milestones. And while babies demonstrate considerable variation in reaching set milestones, each one can serve as a useful yardstick to measure development.Allow us to walk you through the milestones leading up to your sweetheart’s first birthday.Birth to First Month
First Month to Third Month
Third Month to Sixth Month
Sixth Month to Ninth Month
Ninth Month to Twelfth Month
As far as growth is concerned, you’ll find your baby about 25 centimetres taller and about three times heavier by the time her first birthday rolls around.Activities to Promote DevelopmentThe first year serves as a wonderful journey of discovery for you and your baby. With each passing day, you’ll learn something new, uncovering fascinating facets of your little one’s personality. Likewise, your baby will learn to inherently trust and rely on you.As you ride the rollercoaster that lines your baby’s first year, here are some tips to keep in mind.Stay Safe
Talk, Play and Sing With Your BabyIf you’re a self-taught singer, you may find your stellar songs falling on deaf ears. But it isn’t that your baby is ignoring your offbeat, off-tune renditions of last year’s hot mix. Believe it or not, your baby is registering everything; every little line, down to the last note. Use this time to teach your baby words through rhymes and songs. Assign labels to objects around the house. Talk to your baby about your day and your thoughts. One day, very soon, this will become a two-way street.Shower Your Baby With LoveBabies thrive in loving environments, so it’s important that you envelope your little one in a safe, secure and warm environment. This will lay a wonderful foundation for your baby’s future.Follow Your IntuitionMommas are programmed to do what’s best for their baby. Trust yourself to make the right decisions and if you need a second opinion, call your paediatrician.Before you toggle web pages and jump out of this little article, know this: these milestones we’ve mentioned serve as reference points and are not definitive measures of your baby’s progress. Each child grows and learns at their own pace. And while we can’t forecast when your little one will check the boxes mentioned for each of these milestones, we can predict years of fun, frolic and frenzy in your years ahead. Make the most of now!