These Guidelines tell you what baby is capable as he grows up. But don’t worry if this schedule is not strictly adhered to. babies are worryingly variable, but the three developmental assessments you should get your doctor to make in the first year tell you whether you have any real cause for worry.
During the first four weeks, babies cry when they are uncomfortable. They learn to focus their eyes on people.
In the second month, babies can follow moving objects up to 180 degrees, smile social contact, respond to voices by cooling.
In the third month, head control is established, but baby’s head still bobs. He tries to grasp objects which are given to him. He likes to listen to music and makes noises.
In the fourth month, he plays with rattles and noisy toys. His head is steady. he can turn around, put his fingers into his mouth and push with his feet if held in a standing position.
in the fifth month, he responds to people other than his parents, smiles at the mirror and puts everything in his mouth.
In the sixth month, he learns to pivot, can roll over, sits briefly with support, chatters and babbles, transfers objects from one hand to the other and has a decided preference for his mother.
By the eighth to tenth month, he can also sit for a long time without support, can creep and crawl and learns to stand by holding on to the furniture. He pokes things with his forefinger, learns to find hidden toys and tries to retrieve dropped objects.
He can say `mama,’ `data,’ wave `bye-bye’ and can play `pat-a-cake’ and `peek-a- boo’ games.
By one year, he walks with one hand held or by holding on to the furniture, picks up dropped objects and can drop them on request.