A large number of children across the world are suffering from various kinds of mental disorders and developmental and behavioral disorders are the post prevalent ones. The most awakening thing is that these kinds of disorders can be change and hence these children can lead an absolutely normal lifestyle or at least a much improved one if the problem is identified at the very early infant stages. In the below some aspects are discussed which can be considered as checkpoints for assessing how well your baby this doing. It does not imply that it is a standard. There is no true alternative to a doctor’s advice. Consult your pediatrician immediately if you think that somehow your baby is not complying with the yet to be discussed things. It also might be a possibility that some kind of genetic, neurological or orthopedic problem is prevailing which must be addressed. Identifying any such problems at the very early stage will help you to fight it with your fullest potential and also to have the upper hand.
Here Are The 8 Things All Mothers Must Know About Her Baby’s Development:
1. Notice The Number Of Feeds
In the first few months the baby will be seen sleeping a lot but it is extremely essential that the infant gets enough feed especially if it is being breastfed only. During the very first few days the duration of the sucking period of the infant might be little less but with the help of proper scientific methodologies, the sucking quantity and quality, both must go up. In average 20-30 minutes of breast feeding is done 6-12 times a day.
It is scientifically proven that in the early days after birth, the baby loves the attachment of its parents. The baby actually can feel the attachment and is comforted when help by the infant’s father or mother.
3. Stools And Urination
A minimum of 6 wet diapers can be expected each day and stool formation and excretion should happen at least once in 5 days. It indicates that the baby is getting proper amount of food and is well hydrated. It helps in the process of baby’s development.
4. The Baby Can Feel The Mother
Scientific studies have proven that newborns can primarily identify their mother through the sensation of touch. But By 2 months or so, the baby should be also able to identify the mother precisely and visually. Giving the baby a proper massage everyday stimulates the baby’s vital senses and helps in the overall development of the baby. It is also said to strengthen the mother and child bonding.
5. Smile Matters
6. Gross And Fine Motor Skills
To see her baby walk or stand is perhaps one of the most amusing moments in a mother’s life. So it can be expected that some of the checkpoints like sitting, holding the neck, standing and walking would not be neglected by the mother. But it is very important for all mothers to know the average age by which a baby should be able to achieve these milestones. It is highly recommended to the first time moms to take help from a development chart for reference purposes. Fine motor skills are the activities that are associated with the baby’s palms and finger movement. It includes the baby clutching on to a fancy object or toy, trying to grab an object, being attracted to some new fascinating objects etc. All these skills are perhaps the finest precursor for different cognitive developments. That is it is always beneficial to have a reference chart handy.
7. Sound Localization And Vision
Localization refers to the process of locating different objects, sound source or the source of the light. When the baby is 2-3 months old, the baby is expected to be able to turn to the direction of the source of the sound or the light. This development is not expected to the happening at a instance on a fine morning but slowly and steadily. But by the above said age of 3-4 months a baby apart from turning to sound or light source should also be able to track objects and also maintain steady eye contact for at least 9 seconds.
This is a milestone that every mother eagerly waits for. To hear her baby call out the magical words. Generally a baby should be talking a minimum of twenty words by the age of 18 months.