Congratulations -- you have a newborn baby! Learn what your baby can do at this age.
Babies develop at their own pace and each milestone shows a range of skills typically seen in children's development. Your baby may not meet every milestone listed here and still be progressing normally. Since each child is unique, your baby’s growth might be different from what's included here. Your baby might develop more quickly in some areas than in others. At the same time, if you have any concerns about your baby’s growth and development talk to your health care professional or call 1-866-693-GROW to talk to a professional and find out ways in which you can get connected to various resources in Minnesota.
Motor or physical development - Means how young children move their bodies and hands.
Your baby moves his body in one or more of these ways:
Supports his head and upper body when lying on his stomach. When lying on his tummy, your baby "pushes up" (lifts up his head and chest and looks around for a minute).
Turns his head easily from side to side. When lying on his tummy, your baby moves his head one way and then another.
Comforts self by bringing hands to his face to suck on fingers or fist.
Keeps hands mostly closed and fisted.
Blinks at bright lights.
You can help your baby grow in these ways:
Some babies are more sensitive than others to sound, light and touch. Watch and listen to your baby so that you can help keep him from being overwhelmed. Your baby will feel secure if you talk to him/her in a soft and soothing voice. Your touch, face and voice will help him feel better. Take time during the day to smile at your baby, sing to him and play games like "where is your tummy?".
Your baby’s health and safety.
As a newborn your baby will sleep most of the time. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends placing babies to sleep on their backs during naps and at nighttime. Because babies sleeping on their sides are more likely to accidentally roll onto their stomach, the side position is not as safe as the back and is not recommended.
If you have any concerns about your child's growth and development, please talk to your child's health care provider or call 1-866-693-GROW (4769) to talk to a professional and find out ways in which you can get connected to various resources in Minnesota.