How will my baby develop? 

A health visitor talks about how your baby should develop

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Transcript of How will my baby develop?

How will my baby develop?   All babies develop at different rates, so try not to compare your baby with others.    At five months of age, babies start to pick up objects and hold them, but they can’t let go of them.  They also start to put things in to their mouths.    From about six months of age babies start to pick up something with one hand and transfer it over to the other, so try and offer them toys that they can do this with, because it helps improve their co-ordination.  Round about six months of age, babies start to make all sorts of different sounds, so try and start singing to them – nice little nursery rhymes that you might have known when you were little.  Especially those action rhymes like row your boat and twinkle twinkle.   Your baby will start repeating some of the things that you say to them, so try not to use just babbly sounds, try to use real words because they will be real to that baby.   Round about six months of age babies tend to be able to almost sit unsupported, if they’re not sitting unsupported already.  They also start to put things in to their mouths quite a lot.  These are a couple of signs that they are ready to start moving on to solid foods.   Between six and nine months, babies start to get mobile.  Most of them start to crawl.  They usually start to crawl backwards first and then start to go forwards, but of course some babies don’t do that.  Some will miss out crawling, and just go straight to walking, others may bottom shuffle.  And at the same age they’ll also start to pull themselves up on your furniture.   From seven months of age your baby will turn to your voice if you’ve called them from across the room, or if they can’t see you.    Your baby’s health and development will be monitored in your Personal Child Health Record, also known as the red book.  This will be given to all parents and carers when the baby is born.    All babies develop at different rates, but if you do have any concerns, get in contact with your GP or your health visitor.  

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