At times it is difficult to figure out if your little one is going through some kind of unease or it is just regular behaviour. Babies cannot communicate effectively and the best we can do is assume. They cry when they are irritated or hungry or even if they want something as remote as your presence around them. It takes time to distinguish between these cries, but you’ll get there.
Don’t fear the fact that you don’t know the first thing about newborns; eventually, you will sync into their schedules and grow more confident about your parenting skills. Here are a few pointers to look out for, to know whether your baby is healthy:
1. They calm down on hearing your voice
This is one of those normal cues where the mother’s voice draws the baby’s attention. This is a sign of good health as well as responsiveness since the baby is accustomed to the mother’s voice while in the womb. Newborns cry a lot. This may not be an indicator of the physical state of your child but it sure tells you about their emotional state and progress in bonding with people.
2. Your baby is using up 8-10 diapers a day and is gaining weight
This proves that your baby is drinking enough milk, has a fully functional digestive system and is growing at a healthy rate. While this is a good indicator, it is also a good idea to regularly take your baby to a paediatrician to map out a proper growth and diet chart. This pattern may, however, vary. There are growth spurts as well as slowdowns.
3. Quiet and Attention
In the first couple of weeks after birth, little ones take some while to get adjusted to their environment and to take control of their eye muscles. The first two weeks may only involve – feeding sessions, sleeping, crying and more sleeping. But with the passage of time, your baby will start noticing and focusing on targets. This is a good indicator of the fact that your baby is taking in and processing things.
4. Patterns, Colors, Movement, Sound – fascinate them
If your baby is starting to notice patterns and colours, it shows that their eye muscles are developing and they are able to differentiate between colours. If your baby takes notice of motion, it shows that their sensory and reflex systems are developing. Sound shows a development in their hearing sense. Overall, you get a good overview of the development of their senses.
5. Development of sleeping patterns
Initially, all routines will be erratic but there will be a slow shift in these patterns even though hardly noticeable. Your baby will develop a particular sleeping pattern, cry less and sleep more. This is a result of the learning that takes place within their nervous system.
6. Baby begins to support his/her own weight
Most babies are able to hold up their head skillfully by the age of 3 months. If your baby is holding her head and shifting around in your arms, then you know that she is flexing her growing muscles. You can keep your baby on their tummy for a while (not immediately after a meal though) to make them exercise a little.