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Newborn Development Week by Week

The First Eight Weeks 

When you have just given birth, many questions may linger in your mind, especially in terms of the growth and development of the baby. Every baby is different and will develop at its own pace. However, there is a general pattern that babies should follow, and in this article, we will focus on newborn development week by week. Let us look at the first eight weeks, so you know what milestones to look out for.

Week 1

During the first week, the baby is still a newborn, but they can recognize your voice. The baby will spend most of their time adjusting to the new and strange environment. While the baby may not understand you, keep talking to the baby.

Week 2

By the second week, your baby has made adjustments and can now see things that are up to 14-inches away. This is approximately the distance between your head and the baby’s eyes while breastfeeding. Make slow movements from side to side and see if the baby will follow. This is important for tracking and muscle skills.

Week 3

At the age of 3 weeks, your baby can snuggle in random movements. They discover your hands and will often adjust their posture towards you. Your scent and arms are comforting for them at this stage.

Week 4

Yippee!!! Your baby is now one month old, and this stage achieves so many milestones. The baby will start using its vocal cords to make other sounds besides crying. At this age, babies will begin mimicking, and it is essential to begin replaying some sounds.

Week 5

By week 5, you will start to see more focused and directed movements. Make time to help them use their body. Tummy time is important at this stage, and you can begin simple workouts to help them sit.

Week 6

Here comes the big and cute grin from the baby. This is a genuine smile, and you will love how their eyes become bright and wide as they move their mouths. It is an exciting phase of this week by week development.

Week 7

At week 7, your baby starts to gain an understanding of its senses. They will look at certain toys and connect to the sounds they produce. This is the age at which they will start partially seeing colors.

Week 8

Week 8 marks the  two-month mark, and your baby has developed some muscles. They can slightly lift their head. Make use of tummy time at short intervals to help strengthen its muscles.

Keep Track of Your Baby’s Growth

There may be times where you find that your baby has reached some milestones earlier or later than usual. This is a normal thing, and there is no cause to worry. With a clear understanding of your developing baby week by week, you can easily keep track of the baby’s growth and tell when something is not right. If you notice any unusual thing, contact your pediatrician.

Sources:

https://raisingchildren.net.au/newborns/development/development-tracker/0-1-month

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/infant-and-toddler-health/in-depth/infant-development/art-20048012

https://www.motherandbaby.co.uk/baby/development/5-week-old-baby-development/