Newborn Physical Development from 0 to 3 MonthsThose first three months of your baby's life will likely seem like a whirlwind. When you pause to look at how far your baby's physical development has come in that time, you'll likely notice these developmental markers:
- Roughly a 30% increase in body weight and a 20% increase in length.
- Though she cannot reach out and intentionally grasp a toy, she will become aware of her hands.
- Ability to recognize her primary caregiver's scent.
- Though she doesn't have any depth perception to judge how near or far objects are, she can see objects 8 to 15 inches away with clarity.
- Keen responses to touches and textures which she finds soothing.
Always remember to be cautious when comparing your baby's physical development to other children at any age. There is a wide range of "normal."
Physical Development from 3 to 6 Months
During 3 to 6 months of age, your baby will continue to make strides in her physical abilities and skills. Some highlights include:
- Doubling her birthweight.
- Supporting her weight on both arms as she lifts her chest and head from the floor.
- Rolling over back to front.
- Sitting up with support and possibly unsupported.
- Passing toys from one hand to the other and banging them together.
- Following objects with her eyes and judging accurately how near and far away they are.
- Turning her head in the direction of noise.
- Enjoying the sound of her own babbling voice.
Physical Development from 6 to 9 MonthsAs she or he grows during months 6 through 9, you'll noticed marked gains in her mobility, hearing, and eyesight. Be looking for these benchmarks:
- Reaching for toys in front of her while sitting up completely unsupported.
- Rolling over back to front and front to back.
- Advancing dexterity in manipulating objects with her hands.
- Exhibiting taste preferences.
- Seeing about as clearly as an adult.
- Recognizing simple words and phrases.
Physical Development from 9 to 12 MonthsThe final three months of your baby's first year will provide many exciting photo opportunities. As she or he advances through these months you can expect her or his to:
- Triple her or his birthweight and grow in length by about 10 inches.
- Stand up unassisted.
- Cruise furniture and perhaps walk.
- Hear and see as well as an adult.