A newborn's brain accounts for about 10% of their body weight, in adults it is only 2%
At birth their brain is developed to about 25% of it's adult size and by 3 years this will be 80% making these the most important years in terms of brain development.
Expect your baby's first real smile somewhere between 1 and 3 months
By 2 months of age your baby will lose their reflex smile which is what you may have seen up until this point. Their real smile will usually happen between 6 and 12 weeks of age.
Newborn babies have more bones than adults. Babies have around 305 while adults have 206.
Your baby's 6 week check-up is an important milestone. Not only will it reassure you that your baby is developing as they should, but also that they're responding properly to sights and sounds.
Your baby might have been born with blue eyes but that can change in the first 6 months of life
Some babies have a mild reaction to the vaccines. This can include a raised temperature for a short while and swelling or redness around the injection area. Don't worry too much but if it persists, do call your doctor.
Your baby's brain will reach 50% of its mature size by 6 months of age
Your baby's first immunisations are due shortly and it's only natural that you may be a little apprehensive. But remember that they are vital in order to protect your baby as their system moves from passive to active immunity.
Your baby can differentiate familiar voices from other sounds and is becoming a better listener
By now your baby should be sleeping longer at night than during the day. Infants respond well to familiar patterns of behaviour and following a bedtime routine will encourage your baby's sleeping habits to coincide more with yours.
In month three, your baby may begin to experiment with sounds, starting with letters like P, B and M, which can easily be made with the lips. It’s because of this that ‘mama’ and ‘papa’ are often the first words spoken by lots of babies.
As your baby grows, so does their appetite. It’s important not to confuse the hunger that comes with this latest growth spurt as a sign they're ready for more than just milk. The Department of Health and Children recommends exclusive breastfeeding in the first 6 months of life and continue with the combination of nutritious foods for up to 2 years and beyond. Latest National guidelines (FSAI, 2012) recommend that weaning should begin at around 6 months of age, no earlier than 17 weeks and no later than 6 months (26 weeks). So until around 6 months, milk (breast or formula) should provide their sole source of nutrition.
Your baby's hands will soon be fascinating to them!
Sleep is vital for the health and wellbeing of both you and your baby. It's important that you prevent yourself from becoming exhausted, so the sooner you can establish a sleeping routine and get your baby sleeping through the night, the better.
A newborn's vision is usually 20/400 improving to 20/20 by the age of 2
If you haven’t already, now is a great time to introduce a bedtime routine. A consistent bedtime routine will help your baby become more settled in the evenings. The more relaxed your little one is the more likely they will go to bed without fuss and fall asleep.
Babies take more breaths than adults! Roughly 40 per minute while adults take 12-20 per minute
Once you feel satisfied that your baby has settled into a routine, it's natural to want some 'me-time’. Enjoying the occasional evening out means having to leave them in someone else's care, which is a big step.
Baby's muscles are strengthening and soon they will be able to grab firmly
Knowing that your babysitter is well equipped to deal with whatever happens will help you relax and enjoy your evening out. Ensure that you leave a checklist with your baby's carer to give them quick and easy access to all the information they may need; details of where you'll be at all times and contact numbers.
Get ready for laughter! Baby will soon laugh and giggle regularly
Don’t be too hard on yourself, take as much help as is offered and sleep when the baby sleeps. You have probably heard these words of wisdom before but they are worth listening to, especially if this is your first baby. Make the most of this precious time getting to know each other – it all goes too quickly.
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