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Newborns

Body Development

Hand Development

Your new baby has automatic reflexes, especially the hand to mouth reflex. Her grasp is surprisingly strong. She'll learn to control the use of her hands in the months to come. Speech development -The only language your newborn knows is crying. At birth, babies cry without tears. From the beginning, parents should talk to their babies, as it is a great source of comfort.

Social Development

A newborn likes soft-high pitched voices and will quiet down when she hears them. Gentle touching, holding, and rocking will quiet her down when she cries. She is sensitive to other's feelings-if the caregiver is tense; she can sense it and may become irritable.

Milestones

Two Months

Body Development

Hand Development

She sucks her fingers and will circle one hand around the other. Hand grasps are becoming voluntary. She begins to glance at her hands, which will later lead to deliberately reaching for objects.

Speech Development

She has a particular cry that will get your attention. She is likely to gurgle and coo when you talk to her.

Social Development

She will begin to let you know when she wants to be fed. She smiles at pleasant situations and turns to familiar voices. Now when she is fussing, you can distract her. She is becoming more interested in things outside herself.

Three to Four Months

Body Development

Hand Development

She watches her fingers and plays with them. She looks at each hand separately, grabs one hand with the other, and then pulls them apart. She reaches for her toys. Speech development -She still cries, but now will also laugh out loud. She coos, gurgles, and chuckles when she is happy. She can say “ooh” and “aah”. She sometimes has one voice for her mother and one for her father. Social development -She loves to be played with and pulled to sit. She fusses until you come to her to be picked up. She can tell the difference between the family members and will choose some toys over others. She may become anxious when she sees strangers.

Milestones

Five to Six Months

Body Development

Seven to Nine Months

Body Development

Hand Development

She likes to pick things up and drop them, then pick them up again. She tries to use her thumb and forefingers together. She likes to feed herself with her fingers. Speech development -She imitates sounds. She talks to herself in the mirror and smiles at herself. Her vocabulary is growing to include vowel sounds. She is learning words like “no”, “bye-bye”, and “peek-a-boo”. Social development -She may be becoming attached to a particular toy. She enjoys the company of other family members. Bath time is very important for parent/infant bonding. She likes to dress herself.

Milestones


Ten to Twelve Months

Body Development

Hand Development

She's untying her shoes and helping wash herself. She likes to put her spoon into her cup-fitting an object into another helps her understand the concept of bigger and smaller. She can play a simple game of ball.

Speech development

Her vocabulary is growing. She can tell you what she wants. It is very important that you practice vocabulary with her-read her books and repeat the same words to her. She is learning a great deal at a time, which is a strain on her, so you may see an occasional temper tantrum. You will want to comfort her.

Milestones