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Baby Development Stages

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Welcome to parenthood! As a pediatrician I know that most new parents are full of questions and concerns. But don't worry. You'll get the answers you need and gain confidence in your new role soon. In the meantime, this tool will help you find out what you can expect in your baby's development. Just click on your child's age to find out what's happening now.


Newborn

Well, your miracle has arrived, and you are a parent! Although it all may seem overwhelming, your baby is less frail and helpless than you might think. He is capable in many ways and is going to help you become a good parent by giving you signals about what he needs. His major needs now are feeding, sleeping, and being soothed. He's learning that the world is a place to be trusted to meet his needs. If you're breastfeeding, you will provide a supply of milk that will exactly match his nutritional requirements and protect him from the germs in his environment. Breastfeed as much as you can, and get the help you deserve in getting started. Be sure you're getting your baby's weight checked regularly.

Taking care of your baby and yourselves (especially Mom) while you all acclimate to your new roles will take all your energy in these first few weeks. You and your baby will get to know each other better in this time. Newborns don't play yet, but they do enjoy exploring the world with their eyes, ears, and bodies. Take the time to talk to your baby when he's alert. He already knows your voice from his time in the womb, so hearing both Mom's and Dad's voices are a comfort to him. He can see best 8 to 10 inches in front of him—or roughly the distance from your arms to your face. Look at him closely when you hold him, and he'll watch you as you cuddle, talk, and sing to him. Remember, it's best to put your baby on his back to sleep, to avoid overwrapping him and overheating his room, and to take all fluffy bedding out of the place he sleeps.

Sneak Peek: The first few weeks will be very demanding, so spend your time taking care of your baby and yourself and getting to know each other. Keep visitors who aren't helpers to a minimum, and don't worry about household tasks. By three weeks, you'll notice that both you and your baby are quickly getting used to each other and starting to get into a routine.

 

 
 

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