Treading the path of raising a child is undeniably a process that is full of excitement. Sometimes we get together with our friends and draw comparisons on the stages of growth our little ones go through such as their first tooth, first step, and first spoken word. Other mothers may do it differently, depending on the condition of their child. These variances are not limited on an individual level. There are many other factors that differentiate a baby’s growth such as gender, genetics, environment, as well as their physical condition. Here is a list of things you can refer to ensure your child is on the right track and according to their age.
We often hear phrases like, “My goodness, your child is so light. Don’t you breastfeed?” This does come off annoying and can be rather unsettling. While this may be a cause for concern, you should also keep your composure and remain patient whenever others start questioning your child’s physical size. Whenever it is time for a routine examination and vaccination, be sure to get a doctor involved and consult them in case your child’s growth is not in line with their age. What you should be able to observe is the child should have certain physical reflexes such as suckling, as well as responses to random contact with different parts of their body such as movements in their hands and feet in the early stages.
The child will grow quickly in the first year. Some may not accomplish much in the beginning, but some would eventually take their first step upon reaching a year old. Even though your child is still young, do not force this process as it can instil unhealthy pressure. There are no predefined rules that say your child will begin to react to certain commands at a certain age. But during this time, they will begin to recognize people that are closest to them like family and even people that help in the process during their growth such as their grandparents and even the maid.
Responding to the voices begin early and they will start paying attention to them as early as three months. Sometimes, they will respond to a voice that calls and things that are said to them. Occasionally, they will give facial reaction whenever they are not enjoying something or when they have lost interest in the toys given after a while. They can even start expressing emotions such as happiness and sadness, depending on the current environment.
You can find reading material that is abundant in the market as a point of reference. But, do not become overly dependent on them as a measure of a baby’s growth. Use it as a gauge, while taking professional advice from pediatricians. The doctor that treats your child would be most ideal since they can observe your child’s overall condition.