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Help your newborn soak up vital knowledge.

It’s true that babies are like sponges: they absorb everything. Right from the start, their little minds are busy growing, trying to understand the world they’ve been born into. As a parent, there are simple things you can do to help your infant develop now that will have positive effects for a lifetime. And it’s as easy as engaging baby’s sense of sight, sound, touch, taste and smell. Explore some of the ways you can increase the capacity of your newborn to learn.

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intentional interactions

Chances are, you may already be connecting with your newborn in many of the ways described below. After all, they’re very natural interactions. But we hope you’ll find this list a helpful reminder about infant care needs from your baby’s perspective. As a parent, you have an opportunity to make a real difference in your child’s future.

Developmental Newborn Milestones

As your baby grows and expands their knowledge and abilities, you’ll naturally want to monitor their progress and watch them as they develop. This is an exciting time when your little one will continue to reach new infant milestones on a regular basis. Here’s what you can look forward to.

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Child Development 0 to 3 months

Enjoys being held and spoken to
Looks at simple pictures or designs
See 12 inches away
Perceives human faces including pictures
Moves arms and legs during playtime
Makes beautiful smiles
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Child Development 3 to 6 months

Rolls from stomach to back
Moves toy from one hand to another
Sees across the room
Turns head to follow and watches objects
Brings hands together
Reaches for a toy and touches it purposefully
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Child Development 6 to 9 months

Sits independently and crawls
Loves to play and repeat simple games
Babbles consonants and vowel sounds like, “Ba-ba”
Makes raspberry sounds
Touches parents’ faces to explore them
Displays pleasure and other emotions
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Child Development 9 to 12 months

Picks up small objects with thumb and finger
Rolls ball, picks up crayon, marks paper
Understands “No-no” and reacts
Responds to simple requests like “Come here”
Pulls self up to stand inside the crib
Steps from couch to chair on their own
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social center

Take advantage of this opportunity to connect with us and join a growing community of parents. We’ll share helpful information and advice about newborn care designed to inspire your baby and have a positive effect on their progress. And along the way, you’ll be able to compare similar experiences with others who are going through many of the same things you are.

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"Teething - aka the devil - is so hard." I know Serena, babies are hard to read. As I read Serena Williams' tweets and the struggles she's going through with her baby my heart went out to her. There were times in my own parenting journey where I wasn’t quite sure that everything I had been teachin...
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http://bit.ly/2DhYxhB
"Teething - aka the devil - is so hard." I know Serena, babies are hard to read. As I read Serena Williams' tweets and the struggles she's going through with her baby my heart went out to her. There were times in my own parenting journey where I wasn’t quite sure that everything I had been teachin...
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Texas Scottish Rite Hospital For Children Hear from Texas Scottish Rite Hospital For Children about the most common pediatric hand conditions they treat.
We are live today with the Director of our Hand Center Dr. Scott Oishi discussing some of the hand conditions we treat at Scottish Rite Hospital. Have a question? Post it in the comments below.
Growing Little Minds shared Texas Scottish Rite Hospital For Children's live video.
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5 Ways Parents Can Improve Their Child's VocabularyDid you know that children between the ages of 4 and 5 have the most growth in their vocabulary? A speech pathologist at Cook Children's shares ways we can help improve our kid's language. http://bit.ly/2AdG5nC
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The other day I went on vacation. We went over THERE. I enjoyed it because we did THIS and THAT. There was one activity where my son caught the THING and did THIS to it. We couldn’t stop laughing, but eventually we helped him get THAT over THERE. Unfortunately my daughter will be too young to rememb...
Swaddling TipsLearn tips about swaddling to help avoid hip dysplasia. More on Texas Scottish Rite Hospital For Children's website: http://bit.ly/2At0iWD.
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Let's Learn About ... The Dark Circles Under My Child's EyesWhat are those dark circles underneath your child's eyes? This pediatrician from Cook Children's tell us the main causes.
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Dark circles under the eyes. If there is one sign on a child that parents believe is the harbinger of all awful, deadly, and scary things...it's dark circles under the eyes. Let me make you feel better. Dark circles under a child's eyes are usually caused by these things: Genetics Anatomy NASAL CONG...
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http://bit.ly/2yvAtWe
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As fall arrives and winter approaches, parents all over Texas will prepare for more runny noses and doctor visits. As doctors, we are preparing too because RSV season seems to be here. Last week, 10 children tested positive for RSV at Cook Children's. We've already had cases confirmed this week (an...
RSV Season Hits Early. What Parents Need To Know. RSV is hitting early this year. Here's what parents need to know about one of the most common illnesses seen at Cook Children's emergency department.
http://bit.ly/2ysjnsu
As fall arrives and winter approaches, parents all over Texas will prepare for more runny noses and doctor visits. As doctors, we are preparing too because RSV season seems to be here. Last week, 10 children tested positive for RSV at Cook Children's. We've already had cases confirmed this week (an...
Congenital and Pediatric Hand Disorder Treatments | Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for ChildrenDid you know that polydactyly, also known as extra fingers, is one of the most common hand conditions present at birth? Learn more on Texas Scottish Rite Hospital For Children's website: scottishritehospital.org/care-and-treatment/hand-disorders
Pediatric hand disorders describes a range of congenital upper limb abnormalities. Learn more about treatment options provided by the pediatric orthopedic surgeons at Scottish Rite Hospital.
Congenital and Pediatric Hand Disorder Treatments | Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children Did you know that polydactyly, also known as extra fingers, is one of the most common hand conditions present at birth? Learn more on Texas Scottish Rite Hospital For Children's website: scottishritehospital.org/care-and-treatment/hand-disorders
Pediatric hand disorders describes a range of congenital upper limb abnormalities. Learn more about treatment options provided by the pediatric orthopedic surgeons at Scottish Rite Hospital.
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This free, educational class will give you more insight on your baby's first year.
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This free, educational class will give you more insight on your baby's first year.

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