You’ve passed all the pregnancy milestones and now your newborn baby has safely arrived – congratulations! But if this is your first baby, you might be wondering how the next few months will work out. That’s why we’ve put together a baby development week by week guide for weeks 1-8!
From weight changes to their first smile, discover the different baby stages and learn how your little one might grow in their first two months.
Baby Development Week by Week – 1-4 Weeks
A two-week old baby can’t see very well, but it’s amazing how quickly they’ll start to familiarise themselves with your face. A baby’s vision is pretty fuzzy unless you’re around eight inches from their face, so give your little one lots of smiles and up-close cuddles. This will help your baby learn to focus. Eventually, he or she will begin to copy your movements. Try looking at your newborn while moving your head side to side and see if your baby follows.
Two-week old babies also cry – a lot. It’s their only way of communicating what they need. Whether your baby is hungry, sleepy, too hot, too cold or overstimulated, they’ll let you know by crying. That’s ok – you’ll soon work out what all the different cues mean!
Your baby development week by week is moving forward all the time. And the three-week mark is no different! Your baby should be reacting to all different kinds of noise now. He or she may get a shock if there are loud sounds, like a door banging shut or something falling on the floor. But it’s good to allow your infant to get used to the noise so you can build a baby routine. That way, you don’t have to say silent when they’re asleep.
Your baby will also start to move more by their third week. These movements are usually quite jerky and random. Think lots of flailing arms and kicking legs! Here, your baby is learning about their body as their muscles are developing.
Your four-week old baby’s eyesight and hearing will be developing well. If you make a noise on the other side of the room, your baby might try to turn to see where it’s coming from.
Four-week old babies are better at mimicry too, often repeating (or attempting to!) the sounds you make. Keep chatting and cooing to your baby and your baby will start to understand what different noises mean.
Well done on surviving the first month with your baby! You’re probably exhausted – sleep deprivation is very real for new parents. Little ones might start to sleep through the night at four weeks, but sometimes it can be closer to four months. In the meantime, let’s check out baby development week by week for their second month!
Baby Development Week by Week – 4-8 Weeks
Seven-week old babies are beginning to become much more engaged with the world around them. Stimulate your baby’s senses with new sounds like music or show them colourful toys. Let your little one enjoy play time in a baby bouncer – they’re sure to love the springy movements! Whatever you do, participate in lots of baby activities at seven weeks old to support their social development.
We’re almost at the end of our baby development week by week guide. But there’s one more of the baby stages to consider – and it’s unfortunately not that pleasant.
At eight weeks, your baby is due their 6-in-1 vaccine, which protects them from dangerous diseases. The jab is free in the UK. It should be offered by your doctor or health visitor. After your baby’s vaccinations, they’ll probably feel distressed for a few days. But don’t worry – your little one just needs lots of snuggles and love. They’ll soon be back to their happy self!
For more parenting advice like our baby development week by week guide, check out the rest of the BabaBing! blog. From finding out what to pack in your baby changing bag to learning how to change a nappy, we’ve got the tips and tricks to make baby life a breeze.