Caring For Your Newborn

Your new born baby is like a toy for you in the initial few days after her birth.  You would want to watch over her every movement and take pleasure in doing so. The development over the first month itself is quite fascinating as you will see from the following sequence of events.

Holding her head up 

Though she is less than a month old, your baby is able to raise her head and hold it for some time, even as she is lying face down.  What’s more, she will also be able to move her head from left to the right and vice versa.  When you are travelling in a vehicle, you can make use of headrests suiting her size to enable her to hold her head even as the vehicle is moving and there would be no inconvenience felt by her.

Exploring extremities 

Your baby is in no position to understand the parts of her body and it is a mystery that she tries to unravel by constantly looking at her arms and legs.  You can do your bit by drawing her attention to her fingers, toes and go a step further by trying to count them in front of her.  This will spark interest and curiosity in her and that is very important at this stage of her infancy.c) Learning to soothe herself. It is at this stage that babies love sucking and they have a desperate need to keep sucking on to something.  That explains why a mouth fastener works wonders in calming a crying baby instantly.  Perhaps this has got to do with their obsession for the nipples and milk.  In the absence of any mouth fastener or a similar gadget, your baby will happily take recourse to sucking her own fingers and thumb.

Look who is baby talking now?

Your baby is very keen to express herself and her attempts to reach out to you result in a cacophony of various sounds.  You must ensure that you respond equally enthusiastically and look her in the eye as far as possible.  If you have other pending work, you may continue to speak out aloud and as long as she is able to hear your voice, she is bound to feel reassured about your presence nearby.  She will also at this point in time start holding your look for extended periods of time.

Your baby will also actively start acknowledging your presence towards the end of the month.  More than 50% of the babies do start recognizing and acknowledging the presence of their parents and almost all of them react to their parents much differently than how they respond to complete strangers.  Your baby may also start smiling and show very obvious enthusiasm and happiness at this stage and this is a sure sign that she knows she is in safe hands.

Baby listens and enjoys music

Since babies tend to remain awake during day-time, you can make use of such times to gain her attention towards you.  You can play music, sing some nursery rhymes and recite poems.  Every sound is likely to hold her attention and more diverse the sounds, the better for her sensory development.  So, whether it is the ticking of a clock or the ringing of a musical doorbell, they all add to the variety of sounds that will serve to amuse her and hold her interest. Over time, she will develop her own preferences for some of these sounds and will tend to react differently to each one.f) Eyes can track objects now

Your baby will now be able to look at objects with both her eyes and this also enables her to keep her focus on an object that is on the move.  This is one development that she could not manage consistently at the time of her birth.  The sound of rattle as well as the object itself engages her attention and you can test the mobility of her eyes by slowly moving the rattle from left to right and vice versa.  She is sure to follow the rattle with her eyes.  You may repeat this exercise with your head and will discover that at times, she is content looking into your eyes to make contact and satisfy her self that she is in familiar company. You need not rush to a departmental store to pick up toys to engage your child you can get them online these days at discounter prices with mothercare vouchers.

Is my baby developing normally?

The above question is a natural concern for most parents and all one can say is that each baby makes progress in her own unique fashion and covers the said milestones at a pace that is distinctly her own.  If there is a minor delay or your baby does some of the things much earlier, it is not something that you should be bothered about.Yes, premature babies do require more time than normal ones and parents of such babies must consult the doctor to monitor progress regularly.

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