Welcoming A Baby
A new guest in your house! Congratulations to you if you have a new baby in your house and no wonder your days would begin with surprises and there will be plenty of sleepless nights. So, how to go about this? Look out for these signs that your baby shows of physical development from the day they are born till 6 months.
Physical Development: Head, Neck And Limbs
From the day of their birth, the baby’s head is the most delicate part of the body. Till 2 months of age, the head keeps dropping to either side if left without support. Till 2-3 months, the bones of your baby’s head, neck and limbs are tender. They need support. Massaging the limbs with essential oils also provides them strength and accelerates their physical development. Check out this cool baby positioning pillow to maintain the shape of your baby.
Tummy Time Is The Best Time
Tummy time is important for the physical development of the newborn baby. Make sure they spend time lying on their tummy as it proves to be helpful in the development of their body. They should lie on their back only while they are sleeping or resting. While they are awake and playful, try to make them lie down on their tummy. This gives them the liberty to move their limbs to play and move. They start tilting their heads on recognizing familiar sounds. They also move their hands and legs to grasp things and kick.
Playing And Developing With Toys
By the age of 4-6 months, children start gaining weight and they start becoming physically stronger. They start identifying colours and recognizing sounds. Give them harmless toys to play. During this time, they will like to use their hands and fingers to grab everything. They will try to put everything in their mouth. Surround them with colourful and noisy toys as they will react to sound more now.
Parent Interaction And Involvement
As a parent, it is your duty to stay close to your baby as much as possible and observe the details of their physical growth over time. Growing babies like to move as much as possible they try to turn, crawl and move their hands to grab and hold things near them. Their grasp is surprisingly stronger than their physical body. Parents should stay near the baby and respond to their every movement. When you respond to them, they feel encouraged and try to make more and more physical movements. Along with physical development, the baby is also growing mentally. So it is important for you to make them realize that they are doing the right thing.
Physical Development And Motor Skills
Generally, motor skills are developed only after a child learns to walk and stretch his limbs. But trying to help them stand on their feet in their initial ages like 2-6 months will help them develop their motor skills. Give them support to stand on their feet and see how firm their hold is. Allow them to hold toys and play catch with them. Use colourful and sound-producing toys within their reach and let them respond to sounds and play with those toys.
Being involved with your baby will make you forget all your post-partum stress and you will get to know your baby more closely.