The first three months are probably the most difficult, especially for new parents. Getting used to a new person is hard enough and when that person is as demanding as a new born, it becomes harder. Towards the end of the third month, sanity starts returning to your life as you slowly get used to this new life. Below is a summary(from WebMD) which summarizes the major changes that will take place over the next four months.
|Gross Motor||Fine Motor||Language/ |
|4 months||Pushes up on arms when lying on tummy||Grabs objects -- and gets them!||Laughs out loud||Enjoys play and may cry when playing stops|
|5 months||Begins to roll over in one or the other direction||Is learning to transfer objects from one hand to the other||Blows “raspberries” (spit bubbles)||Reaches for mommy or daddy and cries if they’re out of sight|
|6 months||Rolls over both ways||Uses hands to “rake” small objects||Babbles||Recognizes familiar faces --caregivers and friends as well as family|
|7 months||Moves around --is starting to crawl, scoot, or “army crawl”||Is learning to use thumb and fingers||Babbles in a more complex way||Responds to other people’s expressions of emotion|
Reaching and grabbing
(between 5 and 7 months)
“When a child begins to reach and grab, it says she can act intentionally on the world,” says Claire Lerner, director of parenting resources for Zero to Three, a national nonprofit organization devoted to promoting healthy development for infants and toddlers. “It shows desire, interest and curiosity, which are all critical for learning.”
To encourage reaching and grabbing, get down on the floor with your baby and place a favorite toy just out of reach. The more opportunities you create, the more you engage her senses and entice her to touch, smell, look, and learn about objects.