Monday July 16, 2018
When your baby is born, they are equipped with things for getting your attention. So, besides crying, they start smiling as well, and they will gradually begin to replace all that crying with cooing, squealing, or gurgling with a gummy smile. Smile and coo back, and your baby will also learn that their actions can cause reactions. Later on, you may hear some laughing as well. They will also discover other sounds that they can make, and these will form the basis of their language skills. Your baby will smile when they see their mommy and daddy, but also when they hear music (even singing or humming). They are aware of all other sounds as well, and they will react differently to them. Try to recognize those who make them nervous and differentiate them from those who amuse them and calm them down.
At birth, your baby makes movements that are involuntary. As they gradually take control over their movements in this week, they will discover that they can kick their legs on purpose. They will most certainly kick their legs in the bath to make the water splash, this kicking is actually another way to communicate with you. It may mean that they are tired, excited, or happy when they see you. Your baby will also improve their coordination and they’ll start reaching for things, at this time, that will mostly be your finger or your face, and they will discover their best toys—their toes and fingers. You will also notice how much your baby loves your face. They will follow you with their eyes wherever you go. It is important to spend lots of time with them during this period because this will help them learn how to interact with the world around their faster.
As mentioned in month 1 – it is important for babies to spend a portion of each day on their tummies. The benefit of all that tummy time is that their neck muscles are becoming stronger. So, continue with tummy time and your baby may be able to do a mini-pushup during these sessions.
When your baby’s senses start to develop, your baby will be very busy. You will see how they can connect their rattle with the sound it can make. Also, they will prefer three-dimensional objects to flat ones, as well as bright colors to dull ones. Babies learn fast, so you should now help them by surrounding them with lots of opportunities to stimulate their senses and foster learning but be careful not to overload them.
You will also notice a growth spurt during which your baby may be more fussy than usual. They will also want to be fed more often and longer than usual. This usually lasts for about 3 days.
They may also discover consonants and vocalize something like ‘ma’ or ‘mu’. Your baby will become interested in your talk and you will notice how they look intently at your mouth as you speak to them. This can be a good time to start reading to them.