Baby development by months
In the article Baby development by months you will follow the development of your treasure month by month from his birth to the age of 24 months. Here you will find the essentials for each month, and in the detailed articles you will learn all about it – development, new skills, feeding, sleeping, playing, medical check-ups, health, etc.
Baby development at 1 month
Your newborn baby needs all your care and love. It will eat often, sleep mostly in the first weeks (about 18 hours a day) and the mother’s presence will be key to its feeling of safety and calm. To provide your child with maximum comfort, change his nappy before falling asleep. Avoid overheating or hypothermia. Lay your child on his tummy occasionally. This practice stimulates the strengthening of back and neck muscles, but also prevents colic.
After the obligatory pediatrician’s examination at home, you should know the answers to all the key questions that are on your mind. Don’t hesitate to ask even the simplest of questions. In the first month, babies gain a lot – by 600-800 grams. In height they grow by about 3 cm. They will look blurry for a period, and gradually you will catch how they start noticing brighter objects towards them. The first colour they recognise is red. Read the full article about a 1 month old baby.
Baby development at 2 months
Communicating with your child starts to become more exciting. He is now awake for longer periods of time. During the regular checkup with the pediatrician, basic indicators will be measured – weight, height, head and chest circumference. If the child was born in the winter, the pediatrician will prescribe vitamin D supplementation, as sun exposure is limited during this season. The child’s active development continues – he will grow a few more centimetres and gain 600-800 grams. His hearing and vision are improving. He now responds when he hears his mother’s voice or familiar music. It actively turns its head when looking for the source of a tinkling sound. The second month will delight parents with the first smiles of their offspring. Pay attention to how the child reacts when you change the intonation of his voice. During this period, it is customary for the baby to sleep 4-5 pee daily. Be careful with the skull, it is still soft and therefore it is advisable to put the child to sleep now on the left side, now on the right, now on the back. Read the full article about a 2 month old baby.
Baby development at 3 months
Baby is increasingly active and even seeks your attention several times a day. He is increasingly excited about the world around him and gets enthusiastic when an adult comes near him. He will grow 3 cm in height and his weight will increase by about 800 grams. The sense of smell is activated during this month. This means that the baby, besides by voice, can recognize its mother by her scent. The end of the observation period has come. The child now wants to explore the world and will be happy to be in your embrace to turn its head towards any interesting object. At this stage, the mother already knows the “language of crying” almost perfectly. By its variations she can determine what is worrying the child – the diapers, he is cold, sick, colic, etc. To stimulate its development, you can select age-appropriate toys – a carousel with bright objects, musical toys, etc. Do not stop communicating with your child for a moment – this way you stimulate the development of his vocabulary and you will hear his first words sooner. Read the full article about baby at 3 months.
Baby development at 4 months
You notice yourself how the child grows not with weeks and days, but with hours. In the fourth month, he will grow another 2.5 cm and gain weight by about 759 grams. The baby fuzz on the head falls off and in its place will appear the real hair of your offspring. The eyes are not out of the question and will start to change colour. The child is now sleeping 4 times during the day, taking the main dose of sleep at night. This way the parents can also get a good rest. Eyesight continues to improve. Train it by showing bright toys and moving them smoothly side to side. During this month the child’s nervous system is actively developing. Very soon he will be able to grasp objects of interest to him. Some even learn to turn from tummy to back and vice versa. You can no longer leave the child unattended on the bed or changing table. Read the full article about baby at 4 months.
Baby development at 5 months
The child is getting bigger and more interesting to interact with. And in this month, the pediatrician will take the usual measures and monitor his development. If necessary, you will be referred to other specialists. Scheduled vaccinations are ongoing. At the end of the month, the child will be 700 grams heavier and 2.5 cm taller. You may notice that, in addition to his hands, he is now showing interest in his feet. They can often be spotted in his mouth. Even at this tender age, the child is showing some of his character traits. These will be preserved in the future. In the fifth month, the child’s speech is actively developing. He begins to say “au”, “ai”, etc. From time to time you will also hear some consonants – p, m, b, etc. Daytime sleep can be reduced to three times, the duration of each falling asleep is between an hour and a half and two. In total the child should sleep 16-17 hours a day. Read the full article about baby at 5 months.
Baby development at 6 months
One of the child’s first holidays is approaching – turning half a year old. It’s been an exciting journey so far, and there’s a lot more to learn. In the sixth month, the child will gain 650 grams and grow 2-3 cm. Among the interesting discoveries ahead for the little one is playing with falling objects. It really excites him, with adults being a part of it and it makes the process of the moment even tiring. The child’s vocabulary is enriched. He can now pronounce sounds like u, c, h etc. During this month, you will notice that the child already recognizes the foreign ones from his own. The sixth month is an important period, as it is often now that parents begin to introduce food into the child’s menu. Be sure to consult with the pediatrician about the plan for introducing foods. It is extremely important to stimulate the child’s physical development. It is fundamental to the child’s mental and psychological development, as well as to the child’s emotional world. Now his body is preparing to sit and crawl. It is not impossible that you have already celebrated the appearance of the first tooth. Read the full article about baby at 6 months.
Baby development at 7 months
Halfway to turning a year old has been walked. Now the doctor can appoint further tests and examinations. This is quite usual and aims to keep a close eye on the child’s health. And he will grow another 1-2 cm by the end of the month and weigh up to 650 grams. There are exciting changes in his development. It already knows its name and responds when called. His speech is improving. He can now even pick up intonations. The seven-month-old already knows what the word “no” means. He distinguishes 4-5 colors and during the day you can hardly place him. Be careful – children at this age explore the space around them, but are not familiar with the dangers. Conduct a careful inspection of all places at home and take measures to secure. The child’s food menu is becoming increasingly rich. The emergence of first teeth is an occasion to start building hygiene habits. Read the full article about baby at 7 months.
Baby development at 8 months
Another month of a child’s life has rolled by. He has more growing to do and more skills to hone. During this month, he will grow 1-2 cm and gain weight by 500-600 grams. It is now that you may notice whether the child will be right-handed or left-handed. Speech, vision and hearing continue to develop. It is increasingly exciting to communicate with the child. He is able to listen to the same tune over and over again. There is now a clear preference for play. His emotional world is developing and he is constantly seeking the company of an adult to join in his games. In the eighth month, the child continues to need about 13 hours of sleep daily. The introduction of foods is proceeding according to plan and the menu is enriched with each passing week. Read the full article about baby at 8 months.
Baby development at 9 months
During the preventive examination, the pediatrician will thoroughly measure all the indicators of the child’s normal development. At the end of the month, he will have gained about 500 grams and will have grown another 1.5-2 cm. His speech is getting richer. Expect the child to say “tata” or “mama” very soon. It is these sounds that are easiest to pronounce. Look for developmental games that stimulate speech development. During this month, the child also skillfully learns sign language – he points, pulls his mother’s hand, etc. His eyesight is getting better. It is able to perceive even the smallest objects, which means that you need to be attentive. Children still have the habit of tasting in the process of learning the surrounding world. This puts their health at risk. Keep taking care of the new teeth and make sure to take adequate care of them. Read the full article on baby at 9 months.
Baby development at 10 months
In the tenth month, it is possible that your pediatrician will refer you to a dentist or orthopedic specialist. These checkups are preventive and aim to keep the child healthy. Do not worry unnecessarily. At this stage, the strain on the child’s body is great, as he already knows how to sit, crawl and has yet to walk. The time is near when you will chase the child around the playground. During this month he will grow another 1.5 cm and gain up to 500 grams. His speech continues to develop. He actively seeks out moments of conversation with you and gets into rhymes. At this age, children love repetition. So be patient and repeat until your child gets tired. This is a normal stage of his development. As for sleep, its duration can be reduced to 12 hours a day, with 10 of them at night. Enrichment of the food menu should go according to plan. It is imperative to consult a doctor in case of signs of allergy or intolerance. Read the full article about baby at 10 months.
Baby development at 11 months
You already know your child quite well and are able to react in almost any situation. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to consult your pediatrician or other specialist. In the eleventh month, your child will grow another 1-1.5 cm and gain 400 grams. Exciting changes continue to be a part of his daily routine. You should already be used to the “give” command. This is one of the first words children learn to pronounce. At this age, they are already calculating their parents’ emotions. By these they understand when a situation is threatening and when it is not. Your smile is a sign of approval. The duration of sleep is shortened. During the day, a child needs 1-2 hours of sleep, divided sometimes once or twice. Stick to the rules for introducing new foods. Start with a teaspoon and increase the amount gradually, reaching a serving of 50 grams. Read the full article about baby at 11 months.
Baby development at 12 months
You are on the verge of completing the first year. Another check-up with the paediatrician is coming up. You should know that this period of your child’s development is very important. It is now that he may begin to experience a frantic fear of the absence of his loved ones. A prolonged separation may fill him with negative emotions. At the end of his first year, the child will have grown another centimetre and gained about 350 grams. He may already have four upper and four lower teeth. To cope with the discomfort during their teething, you can trust cooling gels and teething toys. The child’s speech is getting richer. He can already say 7-8 words. If the child does not show a desire to talk, this is not a cause for concern. Give him time. Read the full article about a baby at 12 months.
Baby development at 12-15 months
Your child is now 1 year old. Over the next three months, he will learn many more new skills and knowledge. If he hasn’t walked independently yet, there’s a very good chance this will happen in the coming weeks. At this age the child needs 5 meals a day. Daytime sleep may already be reduced to once, and it should last a minimum of 2 hours. At the end of the trimester the child will have gained 1-2 kg and will be 2-3 cm taller. Read the full article about a baby at 12-15 months.
Baby development at 15-18 months
The child is already quite active. He walks steadily on his own, runs and jumps and needs physical activities every day. They positively affect not only his physical development, but also his emotional world and psyche. In the second trimester, the child’s meals are reduced to 4. Daily walks in the fresh air are mandatory. You will notice how much more interesting it becomes to communicate with the child. He already understands the meaning of longer phrases and even names some of the things around him in his own way. He loves role-play and constantly copies the behaviour of adults. By the way the child plays with his toys, you can find out where the mistakes are in your educational approach. At a year and a half, girls usually weigh around 11-12 kg and boys are slightly heavier than them. Read the full article on baby at 15-18 months.
Baby development at 18-21 months
The child continues to eat four times a day and sleep 10-11 hours a night. The characteristic thing about this age is that the little one is already speaking more and more clearly and even knows how to formulate his own thoughts. You will notice how he makes an effort to communicate with you and increasingly seeks your attention precisely for the purpose of conversation. During the 18-21 month period, children become more attentive and observant. They are able to eat independently using utensils. It is normal for their weight to increase by up to 2 kg and for them to grow up to 7 cm in height. The most optimal conditions for development in this trimester, as strange as it may sound, require you to surround your child with plenty of toys. They should be different in nature and train different skills. Read the full article on baby at 18-21 months.
Baby development at 21-24 months
Several months separate a child from turning two. During this period, he will acquire many more skills and knowledge, perfecting the ones learned so far. The four-meal meal is maintained as before, and night sleep lasts 10-11 and even 12 hours. It is advisable to build up the child’s daily routine in order for it to develop fully. During this trimester, he will gain 1-2 kg and grow more in height. Be sure to provide him with daily physical activities. They are good for his development. By the time the second year is over, it is not impossible to face the whims of the child. These are often expressed through screaming, hysterical crying. Now is the time to quell this mode of communication. Read the full article about baby at 21-24 months.
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