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The fourth trimester is a crucial time for new parents and their  babies. It refers to the first three months after birth, during which mothers, fathers and babies undergo significant physical and emotional changes.  It's important for new mothers, specifically,  to prioritize self-care and seek support during this time to ensure a healthy and happy transition into motherhood.  For the babies, it is all about feeding, sleep, pooping and snuggling.  Your baby will begin to have longer awake windows and show signs of their personality in the first 12 weeks.  However, they mostly eat and sleep for the first half of that timeframe.  Knowing how to get them to sleep and eat at the correct times is my expertise!  Dads are not to be left behind, as they experience many changes as well for their life, their baby and their spouse.  

Babies are born with 9 reflexes.  Other than that, they are as lost as socks in the dryer.  They depend on you to teach them.  That is where I come in.  I have spent the past decade specializing in this exact timeframe.  I have created a program called "Womb to World".  This is to easliy and calmly transition your baby from the warm, dark bubble they grew in for the first nine months of their life to the cold and bright world they were born into.  Overly stimulating is an understatement when it comes to babies.  Some are more sensitive than others, but they are all newborns in need of certain things at certain times.  I speak baby and will teach you how to as well.  

As a consultant specializing in newborn care, my ultimate goal is to empower and support new parents as they navigate the early stages of parenthood.  By sharing my knowledge on feeding techniques, sleep patterns, and overall newborn care in the first year, I aim to create a nurturing environment where both the baby and the parents feel secure and confident. Witnessing a baby peacefully sleep through the night, content and happy, brings me immense joy and satisfaction.

Between 3 and 6 months old, babies go through significant developmental changes and achieve many milestones. Here are some of the milestones you can expect during this period:

  1. Physical development: At this age, babies are gaining more control over their head and neck, and are able to roll over from their tummy to their back and vice versa. They may also be able to sit up with support or for short periods of time. Some babies may begin to crawl or even start to stand with support by 6-7 months old.

  2. Motor skills: Babies are starting to explore their environment and become more aware of their own bodies. They will start reaching for and grasping objects, and bring them to their mouths for exploration. They will also start to babble, coo, and make other vocalizations, as well as laugh and smile more often.

  3. Sleep patterns: Babies will start to sleep longer stretches at night and take fewer naps during the day. They may also begin to show more predictable patterns of sleep and wakefulness.  Keeping them on a schedule will help to solidify their sleep routines.

  4. Social and emotional development: Babies are becoming more social and responsive to others. They will begin to recognize familiar faces and voices, and show more interest in interacting with their caregivers. They will also start to show more varied emotions, such as joy, anger, and frustration.

  5. Cognitive development: Babies are starting to explore cause-and-effect relationships, such as realizing that shaking a rattle makes noise. They will also begin to show more interest in objects and people, and become more curious about their environment.

Babies aged 7-12 months are reaching exciting milestones:

They are becoming more mobile, often learning to crawl or even take their first steps. Their cognitive skills are also rapidly evolving, as they begin to understand cause and effect relationships and imitate simple actions.

 

At this age, babies are starting to show preferences for certain foods and may be transitioning to solid foods from purees. It's important to offer a variety of nutritious options to support their growth and development. Additionally, their fine motor skills are improving, allowing them to grasp and manipulate objects with more precision.

 

This is a wonderful time for caregivers to engage with babies through interactive play, talking, and reading. Building a strong bond through positive interactions is crucial for their social and emotional development. Remember to provide a safe environment for exploration and discovery, and celebrate each new achievement as they continue to grow and thrive.

 

Get ready to dive into this amazing journey with all the wisdom and reassurance you need, backed up by a 24/7 baby guru actually at your fingertips!  I want you to know that you will have my time and attention at this time, and if you need any help finding any specialized postpartum care providers, I'm happy to recommend some of my favorite people to you.  

I am here to support you in your new role as a parent, whether you need hourly assistance or a full year of membership.  Together, we can cultivate a harmonious and loving dynamic within the family unit, setting the foundation for a beautiful journey ahead.

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