Baby Development in Months 1 to 3

During the first few months, your baby will develop considerably. Newborns lack the ability to hold their head up on their own, as the muscles in their neck aren't properly developed yet. It takes several weeks before they can accomplish this task on their own. It's important that an infant's head and neck be supported properly by placing your hand across the head, neck and shoulders.

Before the end of these first three months, babies should be able to lift their chest and head off the floor. They will also begin to make different noises, and you'll chuckle the first time you hear your baby squeal.

Your baby will follow you and other objects with his or her eyes and may begin to smile. Infants have a fascination with their own hands, and you'll be pleasantly surprised at how long your precious child is entertained by hand motions.

It is pretty easy to tell when babies are hungry - in fact, it seems like they always are. When infants seem restless, fussy or begin to smack their lips, it is very likely that they are hungry. Crying could also mean other things ranging from being sick, tired or having a dirty diaper to just wanting attention. Mothers eventually become accustomed to their baby's different cries and realize what each one means. Babies are usually full when they close their lips, turn away, or fall asleep after a feeding. Experts believe that breastfeeding is best for babies at this age.

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