Being new parents is the most challenging and equally rewarding phase of your life. Sometimes you will feel like you can’t wait for your child to grow up and sometimes you won’t be able to hold on to the fast passing time. It’s the time of experiencing polar opposites.
But you must remember that it’s the most vital stage of a child’s growth and development. Your child is just out of the safest place, the womb and now she or he must cope with the difficulties and adversities of the outside world. But she or he can’t do it alone – your supervision is what will make the difference. You not only need to take care of her daily need but also need to keep a track of your child’s growth and development. Your baby grows at an incredible pace and each new stage give him or her new challenges to cope with. So, you need to have a clear idea of what you should expect during each stage of your child’s growth and development.
Here’s a guideline for monitoring your child’s growth and development.
Month 1: By the end of the first month, your baby should be around 4 to 5.8 kgs in weight. She/he will still be developing the eyesight. So, if you have to communicate with the baby, you have to go very close. The baby should be moving both the arms and both the legs equally. If not, bring the matter to the notice of the paediatrician. Some people worry about the colour or the consistency of the poop. When it comes to babies, the range of acceptable poop is very wide.
Month 3: By now, your baby should be weighing 4 to 7.5 kgs. At this point of your child’s growth and development the sight is getting better. You can see him or her smile, grip, suckle on the fist, and even lift the head or the chest or the tummy. The visual curiosity of the child will be amazing to notice.
Month 6: The baby is now reaching out for all the objects she can get around. She/he will be very attentive to the voices and noises around him or her. By the end of the 6th month you will be blessed with the first ‘coos’ and ‘goos’. You can try to make him or her sit up. The weight will be around 6 to 9.5 kgs. You can now start complementary feeding or solids.
Month 9: Your child will be full of movements at this stage. She/he will learn to sit up by their own, learn to crawl. Try standing him or her up. The ‘coos’ and ‘goos’ will evolved to familiar repetitive sounds like ‘babba’, ‘dada’ etc. Don’t be surprised if your child has learnt to say ‘no’ or point at his or her favourite food. And if the diet is regular, you can finally see a regularity in her or his pooping schedule. Expect the weight to be 7 to 11 kgs. You might see a difference in weight based on the sex of the child now.
Month 12: During 10 to 12 months after birth your child’s growth and development will slow down in terms of gaining weight but it will still be much faster than older children. You will be able to see her or him take the first steps while taking a support. She/he will start using language but will be communicating much more non-lingually. And before you know it, s/he will start mimicking your daily activities.
Your baby is now one year old! Who knew this day will come so fast? Anyway, time to arrange for the first birthday party. But don’t forget to keep your child’s growth and development journal safe because s/he is still growing and you will need to make more entries!
About The Hospital: Ankura is a chain of Children’s Hospital in Hyderabad. Set up in the year 2011 in KPHB, near Hitech Railway Station, the Ankura Hospitals family has today spread its wings to Secunderabad, Khammam and Vijayawada.