The Different Stages Of A Baby’s Development
Baby’s development is amazingly fast and the first year is full of magical moments, from that initial hint of a smile to the triumph of a crawl. But all babies develop at different rates and many factors can influence their development. For example, if your baby was premature, they will probably be a little bit slower in reaching key milestones. The important thing is that they reach them at some point. Here are some of the highlights you can look forward to:
Many factors influence a baby’s development. However, some areas of development are more significant than others. For example, it’s more important that a baby smiles at six weeks than crawls at nine months because smiling is linked to visual, auditory and communication skills. Babies who don’t crawl, but who are making good progress in all other areas may never crawl – they may skip that stage and get up and walk. If you are concerned about your baby, speak to your health visitor or GP.
Even if you are happy with your baby’s progress, regular check ups will help confirm their development is on track and will give you the opportunity to discuss any concerns such as healthy eating and good sleeping patterns.
Teething – An Important Milestone in Baby’s Development
Baby’s first teeth can start to emerge at around six months and this is a real milestone to look forward to. Not only does it bring form to the face but it means they will soon be ready to make the transition onto more solid foods, helping them to grow healthy and strong. But of course, teething is not all about smiles and laughs. It can be a trying time as some babies find the ‘cutting’ process sore and painful.
The good news is that there are lots of things you can do to help soothe the pain of teething, from providing a cool, clean teething ring for them to chew on, to applying a soothing gel that will help numb the pain and provide some relief. Perhaps try a teething gel. Simply massage a small amount of gel onto the sore area using a clean finger. You can repeat this after three hours if necessary.