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From helpless newborn baby to active toddler: It takes just 12 months for your little one to undergo this magnificent transformation. Babies grow and change at an astonishing pace, and each month brings new and thrilling developments.

New Mums and Dads often wonder how to know if their little one’s development is on target. Instead of focusing excessively on developmental milestones, however, it is important to remember that all babies develop at their own pace. There is a relatively wide window for when it is normal for an infant to reach a particular developmental stage.

Newborn Guide: Your 1-Month-Old Baby

More on Your Newborn’s First Month of Life:

Baby Development Week by Week

Your 2 Months Old Baby

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You might be pretty (ok, extremely) tired these days but one look at that miniature gummy grin makes it all worthwhile.

If he has not done so already, your wee one is about to crack a spectacular toothless smile. He will also laugh, coo, and recognize your voice and your face about now. Some babies may bear heaviness on their legs when held vertical and some may reach for objects. Especially skillful noisemakers will soon find out how to make a razzing sound in addition to generating a variety of vowel combinations (oh-ah!).

What Else?

You are probably getting a lot of advice (some unasked-for) about how to get your infant on a schedule and how to cope with nighttime feedings; listen (politely) but bear in mind that what works for one baby may not work for your family. Other possible issues at the two-month mark: leaving your tiny tot with a sitter for an evening out and beginning the search for the right child care if you will be returning to work in the following months (or even if you won’t). bear in mind that maternal separation anxiety (yours, not your baby’s) is completely normal; focusing on ways to minimize your guilt and fear can help departures and reunions go more smoothly for everyone.

Your 3 Months Old Baby

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So much has happened in such small time! Your baby has gotten a lot bigger, and his brain power is growing every day, too!

These days, your tiny tot is likely to stay awake for longer stretches (he has got stuff to do now!) and begin to engage with you in hilarious ways (i.e., giggles, noises, and finger play). Now that your baby is more fun you and your partner may be tempted to roughhouse with him. Be cautious about baby safety – he is still pretty teeny and vulnerable to loads of serious injuries including shaken-baby syndrome. Stay off on the horseplay for now and just focus on cuddles for a while longer. Also, these days, you might notice fewer bowel movements (completely normal) but not necessarily fewer attacks of diaper rash, which can expand to the genitals as well.

Other to Think About This Month:

supplementing your breastfed infant with expressed breast milk or formula (but not cow’s milk till he hits the one-year mark) so you can get some time away. Your sex life may be lacking (or not existing) thanks to a combo platter of exhaustion, deficiency of privacy, and those crazy mummy hormones, which are still hanging around. But relighting the fire is paramount (happy spouses make more content partners) so be sure to find the energy and time for some good lovin’.

Click here to learn about your 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11-month-old baby.

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