Notice your baby doing anything new? Big strides in development are happening this
month. That's because the left side of the brain is now "talking" to the right side
of the brain. This means your baby may begin to rock back and forth to prepare for
crawling by moving the arms and legs in sync, or pass a toy from one hand to the other
(who knew it was such a feat!?).
Doctors use certain milestones to tell if a baby is developing as expected. There's
a wide range of what's considered normal, so some children gain skills earlier or
later than others. Babies who were born prematurely
reach milestones later. Always talk with your doctor about your baby's progress.
Here are some things your baby might be doing:
Communication and Language Skills
blows raspberries and begin to pronounce consonants like "ba," "da," and "ga"
starts to babble ("babababa")
begins to recognize his or her own name
understands a few words, such as "bath"
uses his or her voice to get attention and express feelings
Movement and Physical Development
begins to push up to a crawling position, and possibly rock back and forth on
sits with support
stands with help and, from a standing position, bounces up and down with support
passes an object from one hand to the other
newborn reflexes (like the grasp reflex) go away
reaches for and grabs objects using a raking grasp (using the fingers to rake
at and pick up objects)
rolls over both ways (back to front, front to back)
Social and Emotional Development
recognizes and responds happily to familiar faces
startles at loud noises and might cry in fear
is socially active, smiles to attract your attention, and responds to you when
expresses happiness, pleasure, sadness, and displeasure (anger)
Cognitive Skills (Thinking and Learning)
"mouths" toys and other items to get a better understanding of the environment
reaches for anything (and everything!) in view
moves in the direction he or she wants to go (for example, when your baby sees
you walk into the room, his or her arms go up and your baby leans toward you)
looks at the floor after dropping a toy, showing he or she understands where it
When to Talk to Your Doctor
Every baby develops at his or her own pace, but if you notice anything than concerns
you — however small — share it with your doctor. Always
tell the doctor if your baby:
shows little interest in others and rarely smiles or "talks"
makes little eye contact and rarely points a finger at something
does not move an object from one hand to the other
is unable to sit up with support
has trouble eating purées by spoon (for example, pushes food out of the
mouth instead of swallowing)
Also, if you ever notice that your baby has lost skills he or she once had or shows
weakness on one side of the body, tell your doctor.