Babies thrive and learn with love and attention. They are happy when they are spoken to, given lots of cuddles and have time playing with you and other people.
You may be amazed at how quickly babies grow and learn. They will become very aware and interested in everything around them.
The bath provides your baby with time to be washed and to play and relax. Most babies enjoy splashing, floating and playing with safe toys. To keep your baby safe in the bath, an adult (or teenager over 14 years) needs to stay with your baby at all times until they are 5 years of age.
Some parents start taking their babies to public swimming pools once they are 6 months old. Avoid dunking baby under the water too often as they may swallow too much water. You can buy special disposable nappies or togs which will contain any bowel motions your baby may pass.
Between 4 months and 1 year, your baby will try making many different sounds.
At 4 or 5 months they may be starting to laugh and squeal. You will notice their sounds change from cooing to babbling.
At 1 year they may be saying 2 or 3 words and repeating simple sounds. Your baby will use a variety of tuneful sounds that resemble speech patterns. You may notice them starting to take turns waiting for you to speak, then babbling back. They will understand lots of words. Children understand what you say to them long before they can talk themselves.
They will also let you know what they want through gestures (eg pointing and reaching out their arms to be picked up).
Your baby may enjoy:
At about 7 to 9 months you can expect your baby to:
By 1 year you can expect your baby to:
Children who are born with a severe hearing loss may still gurgle and coo in the normal way and progress to mum-mum and dada sounds. For your baby’s development it is important to observe and identify signs of hearing problems and discuss any concerns with your Plunket nurse, well child health provider or doctor.
By 6 months you will notice your baby:
By 1 year you will notice your baby:
Discuss with your Plunket nurse, other well child health provider or doctor if your child: