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First Year of Baby’s Life

Congratulations, you're a mom. This amazing feeling comes along with a lot of responsibility. Especially if it is your first time, there will be uncertainty as you try and do your best for your little one.

The first days: At first, caring for your baby might seem overwhelming and like an endless cycle of feeding, changing nappies and comforting baby. Try to relax and remember that it will soon change as you and your baby settle down. Enjoy your baby and she/he will thrive in the relaxed warmth of your love.

A lot happens during your baby's first three months. Expect your baby to grow and develop at his or her own pace.

  • Motor skills. Your newborn's head will be wobbly at first. But your baby will soon be able to lift his or her head and turn it from one side to the other while lying on his or her stomach. As your baby grows, her stretching and kicking is likely to get more vigorous. When you offer your finger or a toy, your baby will grasp it and hold on tight for a few moments.
  • Hearing. Within a few weeks, your baby might respond to sounds by getting quiet or smiling. Expect your baby to respond to the sound of your voice.
  • Vision. Your baby will start focusing on your face during feedings. Slowly, she notices and examines unusual designs, colours and shapes. Playing with and examining her own feet and fingers is often an interesting pastime. By age 3 months, your baby might be easily distracted by an interesting sight or sound.
  • Communication. Newborns are sensitive to touch and the way you hold and rock them. Babies will respond to your voice and even gurgle back at you as you speak, almost as if you are having a conversation. By age 2 months, your baby might smile on purpose and engage with you as you play together. Soon, your baby might reach for you when he or she needs attention, security or comfort.

From 4 to 6 months your baby will start rolling over, start sitting up, her first teeth will appear and she will start progressing to reaching out and grabbing. Your doctor will advise you to exclusively breast feed till 6 months for baby’s optimum growth and development.

Months 7 to 9 is a time of really interesting development. Baby will start crawling and attempt to pull herself up with support. She will start with food other than breast milk and be much more social, waving, clapping and pointing.

At 7 to 9 months your baby will communicate much more through sounds, will understand what you say, may start with her first words and will be very mobile holding on to furniture even if not independently walking. It is a time when motor development is accelerated and you can stimulate it through interesting toys and games that you play with her. 

It is important to remember that baby’s differ from each other in how they develop. Apollo Cradle will support you through the first years of your baby’s life. Follow up with the hospital for baby’s routine checkups and immunization schedule. You will get answers to all your questions on topics such as

  • Breastfeeding
  • Feeding your baby solids
  • Helping your baby develop his skills
  • Keep your baby safe
  • Developing good sleep habits
  • Understanding your baby’s crying
  • Immunizations
  • Recognizing when your baby is sick
  • Taking care of your baby’s teeth

There is good news for all working moms and dads because Apollo Cradle has special sessions over the weekends just to make sure that you don’t miss out on these very informative sessions.

Because Apollo Cradle is always there with you during your tough times.