How to Follow Your Baby’s Development Week by Week

Every mother naturally likes to feel that her baby is above average. She should be happy, however, if her child’s progress is at levels which satisfy pediatricians.

Baby's Development Week by Week

But what is average? And how can a mother gauge baby’s progress? It is not just a matter of physical growth.

Adapting to environment, development of personality, and advances in communication are among key factors to consider. Pediatricians at a Toronto Canada, clinic use this development assessment test to see how your baby measures up.

FOUR WEEKS

  • Can turn head when on stomach.
  • Responds to sound by changing activity.
  • Focuses eyes on bright object, such as a piece of red wool, and follows it for a short distance.
  • Interested in people – focuses eyes for a while on a person’s face, is less active while doing so.

EIGHT WEEKS

  • Holds head up briefly while you pull by the hands to sitting position.
  • Can raise head and shoulders to 45 deg. angle while lying on stomach.
  • Follows an object with eyes as it passes in front.
  • Visualizes single words: “Ah.” “Eh” and “Uh.”
  • Social smile – smiles at approach of mother or other person.

16 WEEKS

  • Lying on back, can raise head from crib.
  • Reaches for toys. Holds on to toy if placed in hand.
  • Follows object with eyes through 180 deg. horizontally and vertically.
  • Coos and laughs.
  • Recognizes mother. Responds promptly and more to her than to other persons.

24 WEEKS

  • Lying on back, can raise legs, with knees straight.
  • Rolls over.
  • Sits supported.
  • Moves toward things and grasps them.
  • Aware and/or apprehensive of strangers.

44 WEEKS

  • Sits unsupported.
  • Crawls and pulls self up to stand.
  • Grasps small objects with thumb and index finger.
  • Matches two toys together. Places one object into another.
  • Imitates behavior such as speech sounds, clapping, hands, waving goodbye.
  • Says “Mama” and “Dada” specifically.

ONE YEAR

  • Walks if one hand is held.
  • Attempts to pile two blocks after being shown how.
  • Imitates words. Uses two words besides “Mama” and “Dada.” Baby words count if used consistently for a certain object.
  • Responds lo simple orders accompanied by gestures, such as “Give me.” or “No, no.”
  • Attempts to eat with fingers.

18 MONTHS

  • Walks well, begins to run.
  • Climbs on furniture.
  • Piles three to four blocks.
  • Follows simple directions without gestures, such as “Give me,” “Give to.” and “Come here.”
  • Vocabulary of ten words.

TWO YEARS

  • Walks up and down stairs alone, one step at a time. Does not need to hold on to rail.
  • Kicks ball without being shown how.
  • Imitates straight and circular strokes with crayon.
  • Combines two to three words together.
  • Can name and identify objects and at least four parts of body.
  • Imitates domestic activities such as sweeping, dusting, washing.

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