Child Development 1 to 4 Months

What You Might See During Months 1 to 4

In the first months after birth, babies go through a lot of changes. If they are born with hair, most of it falls out in the first few months. Their skin may be loose and blotchy to begin with. This will settle down in the first few months as well. A baby will probably respond more to its mother's voice, either from familiarity or because it is of higher pitch than the father's. In general, child development 1 to 4 months is similar for all babies. But there are always differences, as everyone develops at a different rate. Don't be too concerned if your baby's schedule is a bit different than another's.

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Key Areas of Newborn Brain Development

To assist in newborn brain development, it is important that you talk and sing to your baby. This helps them to develop language, even at this early stage. Your newborn baby will communicate with you by crying and cooing. Babies also love to hear music. It can be soothing to them, and they may move their arms and legs as they discover more about how they work.

Stages in Newborn Development

Newborn development happens in stages. At first it will seem like they will never get into a routine, but by about three months, your baby will do more sleeping at night and want more stimulation during the day. You will also find that you understand what the different types of cries mean, e.g., when your baby is hungry, wet, or lonely.

Strengthening Muscles During Newborn Physical Development

Although all of the little fingers and toes are developed when a baby is born, newborn physical development is fascinating to watch in the first few months of life because the baby will discover these physical parts and start to work out what they do. To begin with, it is very important that the baby's neck is supported, until he develops the muscles to do it himself. By the second month, babies will try to reach for things that are held out to them. Sometimes they can even grasp something for a few seconds. By the end of the second month, their eye sight is getting better and they are able to see further in front of them. They like to look around and take in all of the sights of their home and their visitors.

Steps in Newborn Growth and Development

Around six weeks of age, your baby will be able to smile at you. This is one of the first major milestones in newborn growth and development. At around three months, it is good to give your baby some "tummy time." This will allow them to strengthen the muscles in their neck and begin to pull their head up. They will still need support, however.