1 month

By the end of this month, your baby will:
– He should be able to raise his head, even for a short time, when laid down on a flat surface.
– Must be able to focus on the face.
– May respond to a rattle in some way.
– Can follow an object moved 15 cm above its face to the midline.
– While on his stomach, he can raise his head 45 degrees.
– Can make sounds other than crying.
– He may respond to your smile with a smile.

2 months

By the end of this month, your baby will:
– May respond to your smile with a smile
– Can follow an object up to 15 cm away from the face to the center
– When he is 1.5 months old, he can respond to a rattle in a certain way
– Can make sounds other than crying
– Can lift his head up 45 degrees when on his stomach
– Can hold his head upright when sitting upright
– Can lift his chest with his arms while on his stomach
– Can be rolled
– Can reach for an object
– May show attention to some small objects

3 months

At the end of this month, your baby will:
– While on his stomach, turn his head 45? can lift up
– It can follow an object 15 cm away from its face from beginning to end.
– Laughs loudly
– Can clasp both hands
– While on his stomach, turn his head 90? can lift up
– Laughs spontaneously
– May scream with satisfaction
– Can hold his head upright when sitting upright
– Can be rolled to one side
– He can grasp a toy when it is held at his fingertips.

Caution: Warn visitors not to kiss the baby. Photographs taken continuously may irritate your eyes due to flashes. Apart from this, explain the importance of hand washing to your visitors and ask everyone coming from outside to wash their hands if they are going to hold the baby. If possible, it is good for the baby to be held by a small number of people. Apart from this, there is no harm in taking it out when the weather is suitable, paying attention to its clothing. However, do not choose crowded and closed places.

You are living the most interesting months of your life! So to speak, a “sleeping and sucking machine” turns into a smiling and responsive little creature during this period! You witness this incredible transformation day by day.

How big should my baby grow?

After the usual weight loss immediately after birth, your baby will start weighing himself regularly. Starting from the 2nd week, the daily intake is 30-40 grams, and from the 1st month onwards, the average intake is 800-1000 grams per month, with a weight gain of 2.5-3 cm. There will be an increase in height. However, remember that these are average values. Each baby has its own development line – which varies depending on factors such as birth weight, whether it was born on the day it was born – and in practice, this line is slightly below or above the average. In order to be able to talk about an “average”, shouldn’t some of them be below the average and some of them above?

The pediatrician who monitors your baby will have the final say on this matter and will enlighten you on whether your baby’s height, weight and head circumference development is healthy.

Should I be worried?

If your 1-3 month old baby is growing below average values and there is a slowdown or pause in the development curves, your doctor will look for answers to the following questions:

Is your baby eating enough?
Can your baby adequately digest what he eats?

In order to answer the above questions correctly, you should be able to provide concrete information to your doctor on the following subjects:

How many times a day do you feed your baby?
How much do you feed each time?
If you are breastfeeding, how many minutes do you breastfeed each breast?
How many times a day does your baby poop? What is the amount of poop?
How many times a day does your baby pee?
If there is a problem, your doctor will make recommendations on the amount and interval of feeding. Sometimes, decreased or excessive growth may be due to a disease, in which case a conclusion can be reached with some special tests and examinations.

If there is even the slightest doubt about your baby’s development/growth, consult your doctor without delay.

Premature babies should be weighed every week until they reach a certain weight. In terms of growth amount and speed, premature babies cannot be compared with those born on time. Premature babies have a period of rapid growth that we call “catch-up growth”, in this way, premature babies catch up with those born on time in terms of weight.

In conclusion

Most pediatricians recommend starting solid foods from the 4th month, especially in babies with an appetite. After the first few months, your baby will need more energy, and therefore calories, to grow. Solid foods will provide this. As always, wait for your pediatrician’s decision for exact timing.