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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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