Your baby’s milestones

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In his first couple of months, your baby is becoming more responsive to his world. He’s not quite ready to laugh, but he’ll light up when you pick him up for a fun game of peek-a-boo. He’ll even hold your gaze. As he moves into months 3 and 4, he’ll start to explore by stretching his arms and legs—putting him on the path to a greater understanding of the world around him. And you’ll see more of his personality starting to shine through.
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Stimulating baby development milestones

As well as ensuring your baby gets the right nutrition, you’re also important in stimulating his developmental growth. Below are some activities you can try with your little one. Each helps to stimulate cognitive, motor, communication or social milestones. It’s a great way for you to bond while having fun.
Stimulating baby development milestones is a great way to bond.
Make sure he has the stimulation and good nutrition, including DHA, he needs to help him reach his milestones. The nutrients in a well-balanced diet (whether you’re breastfeeding, formula feeding or both) are especially important in the first stages of life. Look for these milestones

Newborn baby milestones

He prefers to look at high-contrast patterns and bright colours
Can focus on objects 9–12 inches away
Cognitive
Motor
On tummy, he can lift his head for a few seconds
Can grasp your finger tightly
May respond to your voice
Recognizes your body scent and voice intonation patterns
Communication
Will look to you for comfort
Will stop crying when picked up
Social

2-3 months baby milestones

Habituation to familiar noises: is able to ‘tune out’ the surrounding environment
Has a basic understanding of how one event can lead to another (when he sees a bottle, he knows it is time to eat)
Cognitive
May be able to hold his head up for a few minutes when propped sitting up
Strength is increasing
Motor
Coos, especially around familiar people
May use a variety of sounds and gestures
Communication
Smiles socially and in response to your smile
Becomes more alert and social
May demonstrate emotions such as fascination and boredom
Social

4-5 months baby milestones

Cognitive
Can focus on an object several feet away
Has a longer attention span
Uses hands to explore body; may grab feet when lying on back
May be able to roll over or rock back and forth on his stomach
Motor
First laugh
May start making consonant sounds like “b”, “n” and “m”
Communication
Watches faces closely; makes and maintains eye contact
Begins to decipher emotions from your tone of voice and expressions
Social

Stimulation for Newborn baby

Stimulation for babies at 2-3 months

Stimulation for babies at 4-5 months

Stimulation for newborns
Place baby on his stomach during playtime to help him learn motor development as he lifts his head, strengthening his neck muscles.
Hang a mobile with simple patterns over your baby’s crib to encourage cognitive development as he learns to focus.
Stimulate his cognitive development with interactive activities, such as imitating him. When he’s quiet and alert, watch to see what he does, then mimic him.
Stimulation for babies at 2-3 months
To encourage communication milestones, talk to your baby often and point out familiar objects to help him to understand the associations.
Encourage cognitive development with interactive play such as putting on a puppet show: pop a stuffed animal or puppet out from behind your back or the side of the crib. Soon, he may start looking for it.
Play when your baby is alert and ready. Hold him in an upright position on your lap while supporting his head so that you can “talk” face to face.
Stimulation for babies at 4-5 months
Give your baby plenty of time on his stomach to help motor milestones as he kicks, plays and learns to roll over.
Further encourage social development by showing your baby his reflection in a mirror, since he likely already has an interest in faces and watching others.
Stimulate his cognitive development with interactive activities, such as engaging in fun games to make him laugh. Make faces, tickle him—anything to prompt a positive reaction.
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