Monday, September 28, 2009

How your Baby Develops? (15 months)

15 month old
Most babies will be walking alone at this point. They will be starting to learn how to remove their clothes. Scared or shy of strangers. Their vocabulary will be much more around 5-10 single words. They can follow simple commands. Point to body parts. Start crawling up the stairs. Make sure your baby is off the bottle and the pacifier by this age. Make sure baby is safe around water. Adult supervision is the utmost importance at this age. Remember their heads are bigger than their bodies and they are definitely top heavy. When they fall the head falls first and it will be harder for them to pick it up.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

How your Baby Develops? (12 month old)

12 month old

Before you know it 1 year has passed and you are celebrating your baby's first birthday. He will be starting to walk all over the place. So beware, make sure the surroundings are safe for this curious little one. Most babies can pull to a stand and at least stand alone at this time. They start to finger feed themselves and drink from a cup. The are able to grab on to small objects with a precise pincer grasp. They start playing pat-a-cake and peek-a-boo. They point to desired objects. They can say "mama" or "Dada" specifically ,h! how sweet that sounds. They say 1-2 words by this time.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

How your Baby Develops? (9 months)

9 month old

9 month old babies can start to pull to a stand and cruise on furniture. The world is a great big playground and they are starting to discover new things. They will try to put everything in their mouths. Some babies will be crawling all over the place at this time. They will be grabbing objects using a pincer grasp. They love to play peek-a-boo. They will start to imitate speech and they understand "no" and "bye". They can say mama and dada randomly. If you build a bond with them they will start to show stranger anxiety. Hopefully by this time your house is fully childproofed.

How your Baby Develops? (6 months)

6 month old
Your baby will be moving a lot more at 6 months. She will start to sit with minimal support. Most babies can now roll from back to front and front to back at the same time. Since they are starting to be mobile at this ]time , I tell parents to start childproofing the house. Make sure they have the POISON CONTROL (1-800-222-1222) number at a visible location. She will start to transfer objects from hand to hand. Turns to sounds and you will hear babbling with somewhat different intonations. At this age, she can definitely communicate if she likes or dislikes something. I usually tell the parents to advance her diet as tolerated. Prevention is the key to avoid a lot of accidents at this age. We do not recommend walkers because the baby is more mobile than they can handle. They tend to grab onto things which falls on them. They can fall onto the staircase. As long as we can prevent this things from happening enjoy your 6 month old.

Friday, September 11, 2009

How your Baby Develops? ( 4 month)

4 month old
4 month old babies really start to be more aware of the world. They start cooing and laughing at you. They sometimes scream when they are happy. They start putting everything in their mouth and they can see you and track you as you walk across the room. Some babies can start rolling over from their backs to their bellies and the other way around. We start to recommend introducing cereals between 4-6 months of age when your baby is ready. Their necks are a little bit more stable. You would not see a lot of tongue thrusting at this point. Parents it is time to start child-proofing your house at this age while you still have time before they become more mobile.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

How your Baby Develops? (2 months)

2 month old

They start being more aware of their surroundings. The best part of this age is starting to smile at you. No accidental or random smiles. Their head control is much stronger but we still see a slight head lag when we are trying to lift them holding their arms from a lying position. On their stomachs they lift their head at a 45 degree angle and move it from side to side. The moro reflex is not as reactive but is still present. They still sleep a lot at this age. Nursing every 2-3 hours and if they are bottle fed 4-6 ounces every 3-4 hours.

How your Baby Develops? (1 month)

1 month old
Your baby is starting to be a little aware of the world. They startle or widen their eyes to sound and seem to quiet down or be calm to voice especially mother's voice. Noticed to start blinking their eyes to sound. You might see a random smile from time to time but this is still not directed to anyone. Everybody finally seem to fit into a schedule around this age. Mother is a little bit rested compared to the prior weeks.. You finally would at least know the kinds of cry your baby have. The hungry cry, the sleepy cry, the wet cry and the fussy cry. They still nurse very often every 2-3 hours and if you are bottle feeding approximately 2-4 ounces every 3-4 hours. Feeding amounts vary also secondary to the size of the baby. They usually gain 1/2 ounce to 1 ounce a day during the first few months.
Limit exposure to crowded areas. When babies get a fever it is hard to say if they are just sick from a cold or from meningitis. We usually work-up the babies when they are younger than 2 months of age to look for any source of infection. Prevention is still the best.