We adults marveled at the thought of getting home at night to relax, sit back, and enjoy some TV after a long, hard day at work.
However, a little baby is not governed by the rules of night and day. They will sleep when they want to, where they want to, and how they want to. During the day, the average baby will sleep for 17 hours. That is about nine hours more than we adults can handle! Babies do not nap for long stretches of time like we do, and most of their sleeping spells will last from 2 to 3 hours at a time. When they wake up, they will expect to be fed and their diaper changed. If you to forget to meet their expectations, expect a ruckus from our bundles of joy.
This article will cover briefly and can act as a fun guide from time to time in your baby’s first 12 months. However, please bare in mind that every baby is different! Don’t sweat if your baby’s not there yet, when in doubt please don’t hesitate to contact your local expert.
In order to make sure the baby learns about sleeping at night and staying up during the day, put the baby in the room that is bright during the day to fall asleep in, but don’t put the baby in direct sunlight when you do. At night time, make sure the room is really dark, you can also put on the AC or heater, or anything to make it nice and cozy for the night. You can also try a routine just for bedtimes, like a warm bath, or some nice music before bed.
All babies are born with a certain type of reflex. If you touch the cheek with the tip of your hand or breast, the baby will turn towards the tip and open the mouth. When you put your finger on their palm they will grasp it. These reflexes will go away after the first few months after birth. Voluntary actions will come about.
Breastfeeding, Formulas and Baby Food
There is a wide variety of baby food and formulas in the market place today, but a mom’s milk is most nutritious. The nutrition found in the mother’s milk will protect the child from infections and strengthen their immune system. However, if your prefer not to breastfeed, don’t sweat! Nowadays baby formulas are pretty awesome as well.
A baby’s weight changes quickly after birth. In a time period of six months, it will gain twice it’s birth weight. In another six months after that, it will be triple the weight at birth. Talk about a weight change! Once your babies is one, the growth rate will settle down a little bit and will go on at a much lower speed. At one year old, an average baby is said to be about 76 cm in length and 9 kg in regards to weight. At two years of old the he’d be around 83 cm in height and weight about 11 kg.
When a baby is three months of age, they love to look at faces and will try and grasp toys as well along with moving objects. They will be quite responsive to voices and to sounds. At six months of age, it is said that most babies would be able stand and sit with a little bit of help. When they are nine months old, they will be sitting on their own and can pull themselves on furniture all by themselves as well. Babbles will be getting more understandable and those lovely fingers will come quite in handy for pointing and for getting those little bits of food.
By the time the baby is one, a lot of them are more than likely to start learning to walk on their own and even crawl on more difficult areas such as the stairs and over the crib or play pen. They can even show preference for one hand over the other and will more than likely do most movements with the hand they like. They will recognize faces and be afraid of strangers. They will show love for the ones they know.