I am an early childhood major along with being an elementary major. My passion lies with small children. I recently have a new baby cousin that I have been watching and who doesn’t love a baby? I have always been interested in learning more about infant development. I will investigate the first 12 months of a humans life.
Let babies learn to put themselves to sleep. After they are fed, burped, and changed lay them down in their crib.
Its ok to get behind on your house chores.. Life goes on.
Just because another baby is more quiet than yours..does not mean they are better parents.
NEVER wake a sleeping baby.
When it comes to advice… never hesitate to do what works best for you. Everyone is different.
Patients is everything. Children from a very younger age can sense anger. Be calm and teach your child to stay calm.
Trust yourself..you can do it!
Babies cry.. Its ok.
INCREASING MOTOR SKILLS… Head & Reaching and Grabbing
Head Control One of the first things new parents are taught is to support the baby's head because baby can't do it himself until about 3 months of age. Once his neck muscles strengthen, he'll be able to do "mini push-ups," raising both head and chest off the floor. By about 7 months of age, your baby will attain full control of his head and will be able to hold it steady for a long time while sitting on your lap or being held upright.
To help baby develop head control:
1. Place your baby stomach-down on the floor. Do this several times a day to let him practice.
2. Entice your baby to lift his head. Put an unbreakable mirror or large picture in front of him, or get down on the floor face-to-face with him.
Reaching and Grasping Most infants start waving or batting at objects by 3 months of age, an impulse that quickly becomes more refined.
By 5 or 6 months, your child should master visually directed reaching, which means she's able to see an object and reach for and grasp it with her hand.
By 8 or 9 months, as your baby learns to grasp with her thumb and forefinger, she can pick up surprisingly small objects — crumbs of food, for example, and, unfortunately, bits of dust and dirt from the floor. You'll have to keep a watchful eye on baby, because she'll be tempted to taste whatever she picks up.
Rolling Over While gaining control of their unwieldy head is a gradual process, turning over is one milestone that seems to appear out of the blue in babies — a milestone that parents anxiously await. At 4 or 5 months, your baby will be able to roll over in one direction only (either back-to-stomach or stomach-to-back). She probably won't be able to flip herself in the opposite direction until 6 or 7 months.
You can encourage rolling by:
1. Providing baby with plenty of space and opportunity to practice. The floor is always great for this.
2. Praise baby. Talk to her and encourage her as she practices rolling.
3. Hold an object of interest, such as a rattle or a baby mirror, next to her. This can catch her attention and entice her to turn her body to see it.
Sitting Up Once a baby can roll over, sitting up isn't far behind. Babies have a whole new view of the world when they learn to sit up. So it's as exciting for them as it is for their parents! By about 4 months of age, your baby can sit when propped up. By 6 months your baby may have some success sitting in a high chair, and sometime before 1 year of age, she'll perfect the art of sitting unaided.
To help baby practice sitting skills:
1. Place him in your lap, facing outward, while you sit cross-legged on the floor. Your stomach and legs will provide the necessary support for his back.
2. Prop baby on a standard pillow or a U-shaped pillow. Let him experience the sensation of sitting with our supervision.
Crawling and Walking Between 8 and 13 months, your child will achieve some form of locomotion. Parents often view crawling and walking as the greatest physical milestones for their babies. While it's very exciting, you should remember that each child develops uniquely and at his own pace. If you have concerns about your baby's development about locomotion, discuss it with his pediatrician. But most babies will follow a recognizable pattern of learning locomotion:
First he'll likely get himself up on his hands and knees.
Next he'll rock back and forth in an effort to move forward.
He'll develop different ways of getting around, such as rocking, swiveling, rolling, and squirming on his tummy.
After about a month of this, you'll see him begin to progress toward a true crawl.
Many babies learn to crawl backward first, but it's not long before they learn to crawl in the right direction.
Not all babies crawl in the same fashion. In fact, some don't crawl at all and instead insist on walking with an adult holding their hands. Others bounce on their bottom, scoot along on their stomach, or do a "bear walk," crawling with arms and legs extended.
No matter which style of motion your baby chooses, this stage brings her unprecedented freedom and opportunity to explore.
Try encouraging your baby to learn locomotion skills with these simple games:
1. Play crawling "tag." This can be great fun for babies who are learning to locomote. Crawl after your baby, saying, "I'm gonna get you!" Then crawl away, encouraging her to follow. Try hiding behind a piece of furniture and letting her "find" you.
2. Create an obstacle course. Fill the room with things your baby can practice crawling over, under, or around.