6 Key Newborn Marker Stages

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Newborn milestones: First Steps You baby should be able to first roll over and sit up by themselves. This should happen easily within a day. Also, hold a rattle by your baby’s head at least 8 inches from his/her forehead. Wait for him/her to actively focus on it, and slowly move the object from one side to another. This will help their eyes start to follow the motion of the rattle.

Newborn Marker Stages

Baby May Cry – This is often the first thing new parents notice when their babies start to cry. But not all babies cry for the same reasons, so if your baby starts to cry for no apparent reason, don’t assume it’s because they are hungry or ill. Some babies simply don’t communicate with us that they’re not feeling well, but we can almost always tell when babies are crying because they’re crying.

Tummy Time – One of the earliest milestones you’ll notice is your baby’s tummy time. Your baby should be able to sit upright and turn his/her head to look around. He should be able to reach down and touch his toes. If your baby has trouble standing up, he may need to look around again.

Hold Your Breath – Another one of the earliest signs that a baby is ready to see the world is when he can hold his breath for longer than a few seconds. This happens every single time a newborn breathes, so it’s really a gauge of how much time your child has actually gone without being awake. You don’t want to get too carried away with this, however, because newborn milestones like this should only happen every other week, not every day or every hour. A normal, healthy newborn should be able to hold his breath for more than four minutes. Your doctor will check his lungs to make sure that he isn’t having any medical problems.

Motor Skills – Most of these newborn milestones occur after six months old, but they don’t have to wait that long if your child has started developing them. Your baby should start to roll over on his stomach with his head facing you. He should be able to sit up on his own without either help or encouragement. Also, if you’re not confident that your child can control himself while standing up, your pediatrician should be able to go over some basic exercises that will help him develop good motor skills.

Headstand – One of the oldest and most common newborn milestones is getting a headstand. Babies can’t support themselves on their backs at first, so they have to use their heads to position themselves. Soon, though, they’ll be able to stand on their own and look around. By six months old, your baby will probably be able to sit up on his own, just like you. He may even be able to crawl across the floor with his parents.

Reflexes – Another one of the most common and important of all newborn milestones is reflexes. Newborns must be able to feel where their bodies are in relation to everything around them. Babies start to “feel” things from around 18 months. They learn to move their hands and feet and even to touch their face with their hands.

End Note

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These are the first year of your new baby milestone. Every year that passes means that your baby has further developed and learned more. Remember that all babies are different and you don’t have to expect the same thing from every baby. Newborns go through different developmental milestones and they will see different things. Some things that they will take for granted, like turning pages, crawling, talking, won’t be apart of their daily routine for quite a while.

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