"Children are not just little adults. They go through typical characteristics of growth - intellectually, emotionally, and socially—on their way to becoming adults."

Newborns

The brain of a newborn works at twice the level of an adult brain. From the moment of birth, a newborn is learning about himself or herself, and their environment. As newborns listen to voices and sounds, and focus on the facial expressions of their caregivers, they are learning much about themselves as pathways in the brain are being formed.

  • A newborn baby’s eyes can focus and track on faces and objects that are within eight inches of their face.
  • Newborns can turn their heads in the direction of voices and sounds. Newborns recognize the voices of their caregivers.
  • Newborns have the ability to taste and prefer sweets. They may grimace when their tongue comes in contact with something bitter, sour or salty.
  • A newborn’s sense of touch is normal. They can feel pain, and they respond to how they are being touched.
  • Sucking is a natural instinct in newborns. Many newborns need to have this instinct satisfied, even when not feeding. Many babies need to suck on their hands or a pacifier.
  • A newborn can yawn, sneeze, hiccup, and have a trembling chin or lower lip.
  • Newborns have a sleep cycle of approximately one-two hours, and will sleep between 16 and 20 hours per day.
  • Newborns can grasp things that are placed in their hands.
  • Newborns can startle to sounds and movements, even in their sleep.
  • Babies communicate through crying. Caregivers can quickly come to know what different cries mean as a baby expresses his or her needs

1-3 Months

Physical Milestones of a One to Three Month Old Infant

  • Infants will learn to turn their heads to preferred positions when lying on their stomachs or backs.
  • Infants will be able to hold their chins up when lying on their stomach. By three months most infants will be able to raise their heads and chests off the floor when lying on their stomachs.
  • Infants will learn to roll from side to side by three months.
  • Infants will learn to reach out and swipe at objects that are within their field of view.
  • Infants will start producing tears when they cry.

Learning Milestones of a One to Three Month Old Infant

  • Infants in this age group can readily identify the voices of their caregivers and other family members. They will turn to these voices over other voices they hear.
  • Infants prefer to look at faces over objects, and they become more animated and excited with familiar faces.
  • Infants in this age group will turn their heads to search for a sound they hear in their environment.

Emotional Milestones of a One to Three Month Old Infant

  • Infants come to trust that their needs for nutrition, comfort and closeness will be met.
  • Infants self soothe themselves with sucking.
  • Infants will smile at faces, with special smiles given to those he or she loves.
  • Infants in this age group will start to display their moods through their facial expressions and cries.
  • Infants in this age group will learn to mimic the expressions or facial movements of others. They will also respond to being talked to by excited movements, sounds or facial expressions.

When to Contact the Pediatrician

Contact your child’s pediatrician if your child is showing any of the following signs or conditions:

  • The baby is not responding to sounds or movements.
  • The baby is unable to lift their head when lying on their stomach and he or she is older than three weeks of age.
  • The baby seems to be listless or unenergetic.
  • The baby refuses to feed.

4-7 Months

Physical Milestones of a Four to Seven Month Old Infant

  • Infants will be able to hold an object in their hands and bring it to their mouths. They will eventually learn to pass an object from one hand to the other.
  • Infants will be able to push their heads and shoulders up and rest their weight on their forearms when they are lying on their stomachs.
  • Infants in this age group will start drooling and teething.
  • Infants will learn to roll from back to side, and then they will learn to roll from stomach to back.
  • Infants will learn to pull their feet to their mouth and play or chew on toes.
  • Infants may sit unsupported for a brief period of time.

Learning Milestones of a Four to Seven Month Old Infant

  • Infants in this age group will coo and gurgle and gradually start making consonant sounds. This will be proceeded by the infant’s imitation of sounds.
  • Infants will start reaching out for objects they want and link certain sounds with objects.
  • Infants will explore their mother’s body with their hands.
  • Infants in this age group like looking in the mirror, and they can examine things for longer periods of time.
  • Infants will look down when they drop something.

Emotional Milestones of a Four to Seven Month Old Infant

  • Infants in this age group will start to laugh, soon to be followed with chuckling when excited.
  • Infants tend to not cry as much as before as they have found other ways to communicate their wants and needs.
  • Infants in this age group will fuss and be demanding if they feel their needs are not being met.
  • Infants in this age group will squeal and wiggle excitedly when they are stimulated by caregivers or something they favor.
  • Infants will smile at themselves when they look in the mirror. They will also smile at other babies.
  • By seven months, infants in this age group can hold out their arms when they want to be picked up or hugged.

When to Contact the Pediatrician

You should contact your child’s pediatrician if your child is showing any of the following signs or conditions:

  • Infant does not turn toward sounds or react to bright lights.
  • Infant does not follow caregiver or objects with their eyes.
  • Infant does not smile.
  • Infant is unable to grasp and hold onto an object.
  • Infant does not roll.
  • Infant cannot hold head upright without assistance.
8-12 Months

Physical Milestones of an Eight to Twelve Month Old Infant

  • Infants will be able to sit alone without support.
  • Infants can bang on tables or other surfaces with an object.
  • Infants will start crawling, either with their abdomen on, or off, of the floor.
  • Infants will learn to pull themselves up to a standing position, and eventually stand alone.
  • Infants will learn how to change positions, such as going from lying to sitting.
  • Infants can learn to drink from a cup.

Learning Milestones of an Eight to Twelve Month Old Infant

  • Infants in this age group will begin to make vowel and consonant cooing sounds.
  • Infants may start shouting to get their caregiver’s attention.
  • Older infants may say one syllable words, or a combination of the same syllable, such as “mama” or “dada.”
  • Infants will imitate actions they see, such as holding a spoon or playing with a toy.
  • Infants in this age group may be curious about a toy that is being hidden and start looking for it.
  • Infants will drop things on purpose to see it fall.

Emotional Milestones of an Eight to Twelve Month Old Infant

  • Infants in this age group will start to show fear around individuals they are unfamiliar with.
  • Infants in this age group tend to cry and appear scared when parents leave them with another caregiver.
  • Infants in this age group will laugh more frequently, and show a desire to make parents happy.
  • Infants in this age group may resist going to bed and display their anger when they are unhappy.
  • Infants in this age group may cry when scolded.
  • Infants in this age group will repeat a caregiver’s action during play.

When to Contact a Pediatrician

Contact your child’s pediatrician if your child is showing any of the following signs or conditions:

  • Infant does not seem able to differentiate between family and strangers.
  • Infant does not babble or put together syllables by ten months of age.
  • Infant does not reach out to grasp objects he or she is offered.
  • Infant is unable to stand when he or she is ten months of age.
1 Year of Age

Physical Milestones of a One Year Old

  • Child is more mobile. Child will be able to crawl, then walk.
  • Child is completely weaned soon after their first birthday.
  • Child will be able to hold and drink from a cup.
  • Child will be able to figure out how an object is stuck and how to maneuver it free.
  • Child will be able to stack two or three blocks.
  • Child will show an interest in using a spoon himself or herself.
  • Child is able to keep himself or herself awake. May resist bedtime.

Learning Milestones of a One Year Old

  • Child will become intrigued with animals and may imitate animal sounds.
  • Child listens closely to those around him or her and starts to imitate words.
  • Child will come to know what certain words mean and be able to retrieve objects when asked.
  • Child will be able to follow simple commands.
  • Child will start saying more words.
  • Child becomes more curious about his or her environment.
  • Child can answer questions that have a “yes” or “no” answer.

Emotional Milestones of a One Year Old

  • Child this age will cry when they feel parents or other caregivers are unhappy with them.
  • Child shows an interest in watching adults or older children write. Child may like to have chubby crayons and paper to scribble on.
  • Child is able to display affection to those he or she loves. Can give hugs and kisses upon request.
  • Child is able to display fear or anger at objects or individuals.
  • Child attaches himself or herself to a security object.
  • Child feels more secure when placed on a schedule, or routine.

When to Contact a Pediatrician

Contact your child’s pediatrician if your child is showing any of the following signs or conditions:

  • Child is unable to say a few words by 18 months of age.
  • Child is unable to point at pictures in a book.
  • Child is unresponsive to games such as peek-a-boo, pat a cake.
read more “Babies' Milestones and Development”

Our Beloved Son

by RunningAtom | 11:17 PM in | comments (0)

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I found out I was pregnant
in late December 2007
It scared the hell out of me.
As months pass
feeling you grow each day
seeing my belly grew more
Something I couldn’t hide
But you were my miracle and pride.
Sixth month came and you move more
Like a fish in my belly
You play and as daddy touch you
you kicked hard as if telling us
"Let’s play now"
My clothes are getting tighter
Making me feel like a cow and sad
Feeling weak and heavy
Though getting excited
For the day that I can hold
and see you to come.
Baby_aizen_5_months_cI love you Von Aizen
Forever and always,
Together with daddy,
You’ll be our special boy.
You changed our lives in so many ways
And I thank God
for the most wonderful gift of all…
The gift of Life to my Son
2 Months!

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Got myself 2 dark eye bags, been taking Mephenamic acids
quite often due to frequent migraines and my left wrist hurts. NO, I don’t have any mysterious illness or been to another injury due to my trademark clumsiness.
These are all because my baby is already 2 months old.
Yup, Von Aizen P. Vedarozaga is already 2 months old and he’s been quite demanding every night since we went home from the hospital. It was a relief that within my labor and delivery, I didn’t feel any pain (delivery ofcourse cuz I’m on Twilight), but my suffering happens every night when everybody are sleeping, under their blankets and snoring peacefully.
What better time could Baby Aizen could probably pick for him to cry as loud as he could but between 12 midnight ’til the crack of dawn? As cute as he can be ( walang aangal!!!), he can be as irritating too. 1_326071195l_1


1_643325857lDon’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining… well, yeah, I am but I’m just saying it just to ease my stress a bit. I love my Aizen and as cry-baby as he could be, he will still remain my little angel .


Going to 4 months...
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The day that you were born,
Was one of the best of my life,
All I wanted to do was protect you,
From this world of pain and strife,
To wrap you in my arms, for forever and a day,
And hear your laughter, watch you grow and look on as you play,

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The first time I held you, you had me in awe,
And I' m sure there will be a few of those throughout the coming years,
I sit you up upon my lap and wipe them from your eyes,
And for you Aizen, I'll fly to the stars, and bring them from the skies.

I'd give my last rolo, to you my little bear,
I'd do anything for you, just to show you I care,
I love you our little angel, with all of my heart,
I would tell you how much, but wouldn't know where to start.

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Now that 4 months almost passed by with you my little rascal by our side,
With your smiles, laughs and bright eyes telling us you enjoy the world you've been born to
Mommy and daddy got nothing else to say to the Lord above
But 'Thank You' for giving a miracle in our lives.

My Lullaby

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My mother's heartbeat is my lullaby.
I cling to her with heavy eyes.
She opens up her arms and I lay my head upon her chest.
I wait patiently for my song to play,
and for my eyes to rest.

I sit still, waiting for that precious tune,
and then her heart starts to coon.
Her chest starts heaving,
Her heart starts beating,
and my lullaby begins to play so soon.

My eyes drift off, my mind fades away,
at the sound of my mother's heart.
Its amazing God has made,
Such a wonderful piece of art.

My dreams are graceful and smooth,
as they flow up towards the sky,
And this is only because,
My mother's heartbeat is my lullaby.
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