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Baby Growth Stages

baby growth stages

From remembering your child’s first kick inside the womb to its first blink or its first smile, there are some really precious moments of your child’s first few months that you preserve for years to come.

No wonder the first 12 months of your baby’s life fly like a flash constantly projecting the most beautiful phases of its development. The first year is the most crucial year where the most development takes place in your baby’s body. Let us study the different baby growth stages

1st Month Baby Growth

1st Month Baby Growth

The first month is the most sensitive period for your infant. They need sleep for the most part of the day and rarely do stay awake for more than 3-4 hours or can say Baby sleeps 20-21 hour per day. Well, we all know that parenting isn’t child’s play and to top it all, for the first month your newborn’s sleep cycle changes regularly.

On one day you may find your baby sleeping the whole night and waking up for the most part of the day and suddenly the next week you may find them sleeping for the whole day and awake for the most part of the night. Tough! Isn’t it? Yes definitely.

BABY LENGTH & WEIGHT

 

During the Baby growth Stages, the baby length may increase 1-2 cms approx. to 21.5 inches long as 1st month baby growth. while it tends to gain weight to approx. 4.5 kg or 9.9-11 lbs.

So it becomes the right time to determine if your baby is healthy.

(Click here to know how the doctors calculate the correct baby weight?)

ACTIVITIES

 

Keep a track of your baby’s responses to the surrounding activities – light, movement, sound, etc. The only way in which it will try to communicate is through crying or making some kind of sounds.

A one month baby will be able to make eye contact and stare at its surroundings.Its eye/hand movements will be still developing.

It would stare at your smile for a few seconds.  By one month, the baby will start to recognize faces. It would love to eat, sleep and repeat. It doesn’t need the vision to root the search for food.

TIPS

 

Take care of your baby’s hygiene as they are very sensitive at this point. Keep their bodies dry and bathe them gently with mild soap.

Use comfy diapers and baby wipes to prevent any kind of harshness on their skin. You may go through the newborn screening test just to avoid the unwanted future miss-happening and for the safe & healthy life of your newborn

2nd Month Baby Growth

2nd Month Baby Growth

BABY LENGTH & WEIGHT

 

During the Baby growth stages, now we look at the 2nd stage. By the second month, the baby will have started to grow a bit more to weight 5kg or 11 to 14 lbs and length about 23 inches long.

Somewhere at this stage, you will notice your baby’s neck seem stronger. This is the time develop more control of their head being able to keep it more steady

ACTIVITIES

 

At this point, it will be able to notice people and surroundings and follow the movements of objects.

They would love to suck on a few fingers or a fist. They may enjoy listening to your voice and responding to your face. 

TIPS

 

For the first few months, the babies feed only on breast milk or formula feed.

2 months growth varies among children and this is simply because babies are unique. 

3rd Month Baby Growth

3rd Month Baby Growth

BABY LENGTH & WEIGHT

 

It will be approx 5.5 kg or 12.2 to 15 lbs and 24 inches long. You will notice that your baby is super smiley and drooly and will try to eat its hands.
ACTIVITIES

 

Of Baby growth stage 3 ie, you can expect to see your baby successfully laying on its stomach, lifting its head as it lays on its stomach and releasing the primitive reflexes it is born with.

They will now start to enjoy bathing as they would love splashing in the bath. By now the baby starts unfolding its fist and tries to grab things in the area.

TIPS

 

There is certain vaccines schedule for 3rd month baby for their better growth and safety.

Usually at 6 weeks, 10 weeks and 14 weeks, the baby receives the combination vaccines ie, the DPT vaccine (Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus), it also includes smallpox and polio vaccines.

It might get your baby a mild fever, but not to worry, it’s for a while.Make sure your baby toys are very soft and if possible try getting stuffed toys for your baby to avoid them from hurting themselves.  

4th Month Baby Growth

4th Month Baby Growth

BABY LENGTH & WEIGHT

 

Now, this is baby growth stage 4. By now a normal baby weight will be around 6 kg or 13.2 to 16 lbs and length 25.25 inches long.

At this point, the baby will have become really ticklish especially near the chin area. 

ACTIVITIES

 

Your baby might love to play in a jumperoo. Talking about their sleep cycles, your baby can sleep straight for 11-14 hours in a day.

He/she can sleep for about 8 hours at night without any food breaks.By now baby will have shifted from crying to more of babbling.

4th Month Growth will include your baby to roll over its belly and back. 

TIPS

 

During these months, massage your baby with baby oils and creams on a regular basis for about 15-20 mins to strengthen their tender bones and facilitate their growth. 

5th Month Baby Growth

5th Month Baby Growth

BABY LENGTH & WEIGHT

 

In the 5th stage of baby growth, your baby will be the most mobile. The 5th  month growth makes your baby weight to about  6.5kg or 14.3 to 17.5 lbs and height about 26 inches long.
ACTIVITIES

 

They will start responding to bells and rattles. The baby’s vision will improve so they can see across the room.

They could now use their hands to reach objects and their teeth will begin to develop. At this stage, now the baby will start taking interest in its feet while playing and become an expert at rolling.

It will start developing a slight sense of taste and have its own likes and dislikes in food.

Some of the cutest gestures are presented at this stage as the baby tries to imitate others, their mouth movements, hand movements, etc.

It will start recognizing colors. Bright colors are good for the child’s brain development.

And now since your baby’s teeth will start emerging, it will tend to put items in their mouth to satisfy their craving for chewing, they will also try to put their toys in their mouth, make sure that their toys are not too small for them to swallow. 

TIPS

 

The 5th Month Baby Growth can change its diet to a bit solid form ie pureed fruits and vegetables, cereals and milk.

Complementary to this feed the baby with mother’s milk to make as it contains the most natural nutrients required by an infant’s body. 

6 Month Baby Growth

5th Month Baby Growth

BABY LENGTH & WEIGHT  In the 6th stage of baby growth, your baby will grow to about 7kg or 15.4 – 19 lbs in weight and about 27.5 inches long.
ACTIVITIES

 

At this stage, the baby can now sit independently with very little support. During the sitting position, the baby’s head will be level with the rest of the body.

As the 6 month growth, the baby will be able to hold things properly even a bottle. You may also be able to spoon feed them or make them drink using a cup.

They will try to roll back and for vigorously and enhance their body movements. 

TIPS

 

They can now easily roll over so make sure that you place pillows and cushions around them to prevent them from falling from beds and couches.

At this point of the baby, growth stages keep a strong eye on them. 

Tired? Of course! Parenting can be really tiresome but may give the best joys at the same time making you cry and laugh simultaneously. The time never comes back. Cherish these moments.

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