If you’re like me you have a new baby and aren’t exactly sure when it’s ok to do certain things with him or her. Can I take her in the pool at two months? Is he ready for a dirt bike at his first birthday? These are the serious kinds of questions that dads and moms need to know the answers to. For your convenience, I’ve compiled a list of FAQs (with sources) to help you get through the first year of life.
The following list shows your baby’s age followed by the developments that will occur or activities that are “allowed” at that age, then finally the source of the information for those of you who like to cross-reference and check behind me. (Which is a good idea, really, in case I’m just making this stuff up).
Disclaimer – I do not personally endorse any of this. I am merely gathering together information from the internet for your convenience. Please follow any of these guidelines at your own risk, after well-informing yourself using the sources cited.
Baby might start trying to hold his/her head up, but with little success.
You may notice a slight increase in alertness – these are from personal experience, my younger daughter turned one month old today and is a much more alert and active little buddy than she was when we brought her home a month ago. (see photo above)
Baby can probably swim in a swimming pool now – parenting.com ask Dr. Sears article (read for more detailed precautions, including tips on how to help get your baby used to water.)
Baby should be holding his/her head up alone with little to no wobbling – webmd.com
Baby could be sleeping through the night by now – (this one can vary, big time) – babycenter.com
If baby’s eyes are still crossed frequently consult a pediatrician – it could be a sign of a condition that starts with an “S” and is difficult to spell.
Baby may be ready for solid foods – kidshealth.org
Baby may be ready to drink water – babycenter.com
Baby no longer has the need to suck when not feeding, so take away that pacifier – did you know that after 6 months a pacifier increases the risk of ear infection?
Baby is probably an avid crawler at this point – webmd.com
Baby should understand the meaning of the word “no” by 9 months – it’s not too early to implement a concept of “discipline.” (see the bottom of this post for a link to some great information on disciplining your baby)
Baby’s vision becomes mostly clear – babycenter.com
Baby might already be walking – if not it should be soon! (This one is also from personal experience. My older daughter, pictured above, took her first steps at her first birthday party!)
Finally, canigivemybaby.com has an excellent piece on discipline (positive and negative) and how to teach your baby what to learn and what not to learn starting as early as a few months old.
Also, if you’re wondering when you can take your baby to a movie theater, the answer is probably never. If you still call him or her a baby, then it’s too early to go to the movies in public.