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Growth & Development Milestones: Newborns
Author:163ED   UpdateTime:2010-10-4 20:28:11

Growth & Development Milestones: Newborns
The American Academy of Pediatrics has identified important milestones for Baby's first month. We've included fun and easy ways to help your newborn reach these key developmental markers, plus helpful information new parents should know.

Growth & Development Milestones: Newborns

Has Strong Reflex Movements
Type of Milestone: Physical

Practice with Baby: Lift your baby so her feet are resting on a flat surface, and she should make mimic walking movements. Test her startle reflex by gently and safely dropping her into waiting hands. She will throw her arms outward. Stroke her cheeks and lips. This should prompt her to turn her head and open her mouth.

Mama Must-Know: Your baby's primitive reflexes should disappear after a few months.

Eyes Focus 8-12 Inches Away
Type of Milestone: Physical

Practice with Baby: Show him three similar toys (blue, yellow, and red) within his range of vision. He will most likely spend more time looking at the red one, but doctors aren't yet sure why. At this age, he probably can't tell the difference between similar colors, such as purple and pink. As he begins to focus on the toy more quickly, gradually increase the distance between the toy and his face.

Mama Must-Know: It is normal for Baby's eyes to occasionally cross or wander.

Hearing Is Fully Mature
Type of Milestone: Physical

Practice with Baby: It's sad to hear your baby upset after she is startled, but crying is a good and normal response after hearing a loud crash or bang. Hold her to comfort her or swaddle her to let her know she is safe.

Mama Must-Know: Your baby might also "shut down," as if she heard nothing when confronted with a loud sound or noisy, crowded room.

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