It’s now time in yourfor her to breathe air for the first time in her life. Sometimes this happens automatically and sometimes it needs to be kick started with a slap! However it happens, it is usually accompanied by . The baby’s physical efforts inside the womb prior to birth now pay off. She is ready to hold on to you, and suck on a nipple when you present your breasts. This is the first time the baby’s eyes have seen anything clearly. Instinctively she looks to your eyes and seems to communicate. The deep bond between mother and child is heightened by these small gestures that have a power beyond understanding.
It is quite possible just after birth, that both mother and child are in a state of shock. As both look to each other for comfort and security and love, that special bond is intensified even further. The brain of the baby is now in overdrive during the initial stages of theas visual perception kicks in. Billions of pieces of information are processed in the first few minutes following birth. The second phase of the babies education now commences as she is able to not only respond to what she feels, tastes and hears etc. but can now communicate and project her own will on the world around her. It is thought that within a few short minutes the baby already recognizes the mother’s voice, specific smell, and face.
Newborns Development – Four Weeks Old
It’s apparent to all new parents that one of the most delicate parts of the baby is its head and neck. After four weeks the baby does develop some head and neck coordination but the neck muscles are still quite weak. The baby’s emotional potential is now developing. Crying and smiling are commonplace. Curiosity increases and the baby takes great pleasure in exploring the environment around her visually and through touch. Nerve endings in the nose alert the baby to your breast milk. Her attention focuses on objects beyond your own face and she begins seeing many different colours. She delights in kicking and exercising her legs.
At this point in theshe knows who you are and can recognise your voice. The early stages of your newborn baby learning to talk start with her lip reading and listening simultaneously as you talk to her. Maybe all that baby language that sounds like complete gibberish has a very important role. Think about it. The goo goo goo’s and other nonsensical phrases seem to have the repetition of vowels and consonants in common. This could well be an instinctive mechanism that kicks in in adults to enable babies to begin to learn to talk and recognise speech.
Baby Development 12 weeks old
Eating is a serious concern for the baby at this stage of the child’s development! She will now eat up to 10 times the amount she did in her first week. Smiling and laughing are commonplace. She has already started her exercise programme and loves to hit out, grab, and even throw things, including food! The baby’s neck muscles are a lot stronger now and she may even be capable of sitting up unassisted. She begins to talk in her own fashion, trying to mimic what she hears around her.
All of this new visual and tactile information pushes the baby’s brain even further as billions upon billions of interconnections between the neurones form. The brain is in a constant state of change, as it responds and reorganises according to reach a new experience.
Baby Development 6 months old
Most babies are much more capable of independent movement at this stage although not all can crawl yet. Most however, can sit upright independently. This is the stage in thewhere she loves to pick things up and put nearly everything in her mouth. She likes to touch her own toes and plays with their own hands, trying to clap. The first signs of teething occur now and the baby begins to form a natural craving for something a lot more substantial than breast milk, namely solid food. Food still needs to be mashed up to some extent now until the rest of the teeth come through. The first words may proceed from her mouth at this stage and the beginnings of a consistent sleep pattern have hopefully developed.
Social skills are heightened and the baby can recognise friends and relatives and develops preferences for certain people. She begins to, for want of a better word, manipulate people through emotional responses. Your developing baby has a will of her own and can be quite stubborn at times. Instinctive and reflexive behaviour can be controlled now to some extent as the brain develops even further. Rationality and logic play a part in much of the child’s behaviour.
Baby Development 9 Months Old
18 months in total have now passed since conception when your baby was just a single cell. What a difference a year and 1/2 makes! The child is master of its own universe – at least in its own mind. It is probably about 30 inches tall and continually talking – in its own special language – but gradually picking up more more words from adults. Finger dexterity is much increased and the developing child can now pick up small objects. Most children are crawling at this stage and capable of pushing up their own weight with their arms when laying on their fronts. The eyes are as powerful as an adult by now which in turn increases brain activity as visual stimulus produces even more neurone connections.
Almost everything that the baby experiences physically and emotionally triggers a response in the brain. Connections between objects and emotions form. Memory is advanced and preferences guide the babies behaviour. The baby is still very dependent on its mother and may experience episodes of panic and anxiety when left alone for too long. Even though she enjoys exploring the world around her she always has an eye out for mom.