Spotting Language Development Delays

Spotting Language Development Delays

Language development includes speech and non-verbal communication. A developmental delay in language may mean that an infant has a hearing impairment - or, your baby may just be learning his first words at his own pace!

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Games to Encourage Imitation Development

Both infants and toddlers love imitation games. Even a newborn will try to imitate your funny faces, and an older baby will love to play copycat as you go about your day. This helps build social skills and encourages mental development.

Baby Motor Skill Development

Your baby develops fine motor skills with the help of activities like stacking and building blocks. Meanwhile, his gross motor skills get a workout as he begins to crawl and balance. Help your infant's motor skills development with these tips!

Spotting Physical Development Delays

Your baby's physical development should follow fairly predictable patterns. If he is missing developmental milestones, make an appointment with his doctor to rule out rare, but serious, conditions, like mental retardation, autism, or cerebral palsy.

Baby's Developmental Milestones

It is always exciting when your infant reaches one of his developmental milestones. But when should your baby sit up, crawl and walk? From baby's first smile to the time when he's a potty trained toddler, here's when to expect every milestone.

Newborn Development: Week 6

Week 6 of newborn development is crucial to helping establish a sleep routine.  By day, your baby is starting to grab everything, and his tummy time routine is paying off as your baby may now be able to lift up his head."

Baby Games

Stimulate your baby's mental development and physical development with the help of silly baby games. Peek-a-boo, pop goes the weasel and this little piggy are all great options. Throw in a tickle and use a sing song voice to make play extra fun!

Newborn Development: Week 8

By the time your baby is eight weeks old, he'll recognize you by sight. Your baby's brain is developing and your infant is interacting with the world around him, using his hands in particular, and improving his coordination.

Newborn Development: Week 3

Feeding and changing remain the top activities for your newborn in week 3. Crying is her only way to communicate, and while you'll learn to decipher her various cries eventually, for now cuddling your crying baby can help

Newborn Development: Month 3

At three months of age, your newborn will be an infant! A nine week old may start to learn what, and who, she likes, responding differently to different people. If she gets fussy around strangers, don't fret; the smiles will still be there.

Newborn Development: Week 7

As your baby's senses develop, she'll start reacting in new and different ways to sounds, sights, and even smells. New expressions will emerge as she - and you - figure out what your seven week old prefers.

Newborn Development: Week 2

With only a week of experience, your baby needs your help. A newborn should sleep on his back, but let him play on his stomach to work his neck muscles. Also, get a lot of face time, he can't see very far yet, but your baby wants to see you!

Newborn Development: Week 1

Your baby is finally here! Your newborn will keep you busy as you will be feeding, and changing, your baby pretty much constantly. However, most newborns sleep up to 18 hours a day, so you'll still have some free time in week one.

Separation Anxiety in Babies

It's very common for children-from newborns to toddlers-to experience separation anxiety. Anxiety surrounding separation from a parent can cause crying, clinging and other forms of acting out.

Newborn Development: Month 4

Your four month old is probably cooing away, though you might not be able to understand what he's saying. Your baby's first words are still to come, and today's noises may sound like chatter, but those sounds will eventually develop into language.

Newborn Development: Month 5

Your five month old may start to respond to the sound of his name, and that recognition and awareness might extend to your baby's toys or bottle, too. In month 5, you may want to talk to your doctor about starting your baby on solid foods.

Anxiety Disorders in Children

If you thought anxiety only plagued adults, think again! Panic attacks and other anxiety symptoms are very common among children, although they often feel stressed for different reasons.

Newborn Development: Month 6

Your six month old is getting ready for big changes, by practicing sitting up and crouching to prepare for crawling. You can probably feed your baby solid foods soon, but be aware that your baby may also be teething.

Baby Sign Language

Even before you can converse with your baby, you can use infant sign language to communicate! You can teach baby sign language with the help of sign language books, flash cards, or classes. Or, sign with your baby using your own unique baby signs!