I often hear mums complain that their babies are not chubby or not developing as they should. It is normal to bother about these things, especially as a new mum. You wonder if your baby eats enough, if they sleep enough or even if they are on track with these milestone guides we see all over Instagram.
Don’t worry, these easy to note signs will let your know if your baby is healthy and happy.
1. If baby calms down at your touch or sound of your voice.
This says you have a good relationship with your baby. That’s the first sign that she is developing fine emotionally. Don’t forget, tantrums will happen and it has nothing to do with your baby’s emotional development or a reflection of your relationship.
2. You’re changing 8-10 wet diapers a day and she’s gaining weight
Before you scream, wait. Wet diaper in this context means 3- 5 tablespoon full of urine in each diaper. Now it is not too realistic to use 8-10 diapers daily, however, it gives you a good idea of how much your baby should be passing out and also keep tabs on what your baby weighs at each doctor’s appointment to ensure she is gaining weight. “There are growth spurts and slowdowns,” Dr. Shu says. The important thing is that weight increases over time.
3. Baby turns towards sounds
This means her hearing is developing and also her brain can pick new sounds. You will catch him turn towards the toy or mobile phone where the sound is coming from. His ears are working and he is curious about his immediate environment.
4. She pays attention to patterns, colors, and movement
This means her eyesight is sharpening and brain is developing. By month 2, babies can identify patterns, movement and colours. Does her eyes follow you round the room while you are carrying out chores or does his eyes follow the movement of the swinging toy hanging over his bouncer or crib? That’s a good sign!
5. She makes eye contact, smiles and cries less by the day (except on days melt down happens)
Your baby is becoming Social and her nervous system is developing. These are pointers of early language development. “Babies use body language, including eye contact and facial expressions, long before they can speak,” Dr. Shu says. “It’s a precursor to communicating with words.” When your child coos and babbles, he’s testing out his vocal cords, your little baby really will eventually start chatting away.
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