During the initial phases after your baby’s birth, time flies. You probably would not realize when your child is ready to go to school. The fact that your entire spare time would go in the proper upkeep of your baby is something you should think of before deciding to raise a family. Throughout the first few weeks, the baby would sustain on a diet consisting of only milk. This period is very vulnerable for the baby as the necessary bodily resistances have not yet developed. Regular vaccines need to be administered and the health of the baby needs to be ensured through periodic visits to the paediatrician.
What most babies can do
The second month is only slightly different from the first, except that your baby would grow physically. On an average, a kilogram in weight is added to the baby for every month. The baby would continue to spend a lot of time sleeping. It is essential that you as a parent prepare a crib that is comfortable and hygienic. During the second month onwards, your baby should show signs of expression. Of course, these may be involuntary and spontaneous but nevertheless important. In fact, the first smile of the baby can be expected around this time. For a parent, this can be an out of the world feeling. The frail neck would show slight improvement but still would need support if you are to cradle the baby in your arms. While on the crib, pillows can be placed to keep the head in place maintain a proper posture. Babies of this age would be expected to sleep more than 15 hours a day. These would be punctuated by eating sessions. By this time, the baby would be expected to develop his/her vision. He/she should be able to identify a person from close range as this is the time when the eyes start to become sensitive to the world around. A distinct trait of babies at this stage is the strong clutch. They can be expected to grasp anything from a finger to a toy that is placed on their palms. Read about sleeping behaviour.
What some babies can do
Some of the children are ahead of the rest and develops rudimentary response mechanisms. These may include movements when subjected to stimulus. Another important trait of this stage is that crying is no longer random. It becomes an indicator that something is not alright. Apart from the actions mentioned above, there would be others. These would vary depending on the baby and commonly includes faint sounds or expressions. Colic is a common condition for children of this age. Some movement of the limbs is shown by children of this age.
What very few babies can do
A small percentage of babies show remarkable development at this stage. They find use of their vocal cords and may utter random syllables. Also, there are cases where a two month baby shows vigorous physical activity of the limbs. In normal cases, a baby is able to facially recognize people around him/her only after a few months have passed. But this trait has been noted in a few children much earlier than this.