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Baby Health – Learning the Behavior of Infants

While every infant reaches milestones at varying points, in general infants have a series of behaviors that can be learned by the parents in order to best take care of their children. A baby’s development grows exponentially during the first year of life. Babies begin with quiet observation and develop into active participants. Here is some common behavior for infants.

Months One Through Three

During this time, a baby is really just trying to get used to the world around them. In the first month, a baby may begin to make eye contact or respond to a parent’s voice. Babies know to cry if they need something, but oftentimes they don’t even know what they need, they just know they’re uncomfortable.

Babies then begin to develop a smile and have reactions to stimuli. They begin to coo to try to communicate, but they are fascinated with lights and movement around them. Babies are not mobile at this age, and their attention easily can easily focus on one object at a time. Learning more about your child’s development is important. Once a baby turns three months old, he or she will be more active and responsive. At this point, they are likely to be able to laugh at simple things and engage a bit more with people.

Months Four Through Six

Babies become intrigued by other babies at this point and will react to other children in person or on TV. They are likely to be able to start recognizing different family members and show their emotions more clearly. It is increasingly easy to tell what a baby’s real emotion is at this point.

Months Seven Through Nine

At this point, babies may be able to understand the word “no.” They enjoy social interaction and even try to mimic behaviors. Babies are often fascinated by mirrors at this point and enjoy looking at themselves and possibly kissing themselves in the mirror. They want to be close to their mother and father and may start to be shy around strangers.

Months Ten Through Twelve

Separation anxiety becomes strong at this point and babies just want to be with their parents. They can respond to positivity such as clapping and will even join in and clap with you when they are happy. They may show that they are beginning to develop a sense of humor and have stronger emotions.

The transitions babies make from birth to one year are incredible. They grow so much in the first year and develop into reacting children who can communicate.

Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Rachelle recommends earning an online master’s degree in applied psychology in order to further understand the behavior of your child. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber; https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009221637700

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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