Growing with your baby
As the months go by and your baby grows, you also grow into your new role as a dad.
That was a hell of a ride! After about 9 months of turning from a tiny cell into a baby, your newborn child needs to adapt to life outside the womb. Everything you consider trivial, from sleeping to grasping objects or eating, is new to him. And in a very short time, what seems impossible and complex will become a part of his daily routine and everyday life.
In the first few weeks when you put an object in baby's hand, he flexes his palm and holds the object. This is done by reflex rather than consciously.
Smiles appear around the age of 4-10 weeks in response to external stimulus such as your voice, other familiar voices, or music.
|I have hands!|
Towards the age of 8 weeks baby becomes aware of his own hands. He starts putting them in his mouth to explore this new found discovery.
|Eye muscles are strengthened|
Around the age of 2-2.5 months, baby's ability to focus improves and he starts to follow objects with his eyes. At the age of 3 months, baby starts to recognize colors.
|Hand - Eye coordination|
Around the age of 2-3 months, baby starts to master the movement of his hands, reaching out for objects that he sees.
|Welcome toyour new life|
Ok, so you're a father.
In the first days of your baby’s life, you’ll find comfort in the notion that nobody becomes a dad overnight. You might look at your bundle of joy and think, "Now what?" or “How many diaper changes could one tiny baby need?” At the same time, you’ll know that this baby is the love of your life, your pride and joy, your everything…
Soon, you’ll be watching the Wiggles instead of Sunday football. You’ll be eating cheerios for breakfast with baby instead of bacon and eggs with your buds. You’ll be sleep deprived, in love and learning each day along with baby. Your baby’s fascination with the world will be contagious. His or her ability to learn new things, from grasping objects to crawling, will take center stage in your new life as a Dad.
Yes, things will be different. But no matter what you’re thinking at 4 a.m., rocking your baby who still has yet to sleep a wink, you wouldn’t trade this for the world!
So for now breathe, and know that the ride is beyond worth it. You’ll look back and smile about those late nights someday
Good luck, Dad. And cherish the moments!
|The no sleeproutine|
You will find that sleep is a huge privilege. Not a part of your constitutional rights as a father (although they really should have put it there!). The good news is that you get used to it, start to cherish short breaks and indulge yourself in afternoon naps on the weekends, because that never happened before… right?
|Who’s driving that car?|
Remember "fast and furious"? Well, forget it!
You are now one of the really slow cars you used to moan about. And that's a good thing.
|All you need is a smile|
Who would have thought – the things you're gonna do just to earn a tiny little smile: singing in Falsetto, dancing when you really can't dance. Oh, and watch out – your baby's smile is addictive.
|Practice Practice Practice|
Those dads at the park that change diapers with only one hand are just show-offs who practiced all day back at home! It takes a lot of practice, but – yes , you can prepare a bottle of formula within a minute, you will become immune to the smells and sights that come from your baby's diaper and you will manage to fold the stroller without reading the manual over and over. Practice.
|Picking the pace up|
Your baby starts to roll over from stomach to the back. He's able to lean on one hand as he raises up the other. He can lie on his belly and raise his arms and legs in a swimming movement.
|Discovering the world by mouth|
Around the age of 3-4 months, the mouth becomes crucial in exploring new things: it helps baby identify different textures and attributes.
Around the age of 3-5 months babies develop depth perception.
Babies love listening to sounds and voices. Talking to your baby in a high "baby like" tone of voice will draw her attention. It's easier for her to identify higher voices.
|Your new playlist|
Throughout the years, you've managed to establish a very distinctive taste in music-made your own playlists, looked for rare bootlegs …And now you find yourself humming "Itsy Bitsy Spider" while reading the paper. Really?
Meet your new alter ego. Once you become a dad, your GQ mirror poses turn into Elmo impersonations.
|That's my baby!|
Showing off comes with the territory, but watch out dad – in front of an audience your baby may want to do his thing, and not necessarily yours. Yes, he will take the spotlight, but in the end, you’ll always be laughing the hardest and clapping the loudest!
|That's my name|
By the age of 6 months, baby recognizes the sound of his name and turns his head when called.
Baby starts to stand on all fours and move back and forth.
Around the age of 8 months, baby begins to look for objects that vanish from her sight Peek-a-boo games are common at this stage.
At the age of 8 to 9 months, baby controls the ability to grasp and release objects. During this time he starts throwing objects and enjoys getting them back – only to throw them again.
Baby's nutrition expands to solid foods.
Baby starts to explore the world around her by grasping, shaking, pressing, pulling and crushing objects.
ABRA CADABRA!!! Welcome to an amazing show where things keep disappearing! Your phone ? Gone! Your keys? Gone ! The remote control ? Gone! Let's all give a round of applause to the amazing magician who is… YOUR BABY!
|Minister of defense|
As your baby starts crawling and moving around the house, your need to protect him is bigger than ever. Making the house safe for your baby will become your number one priority.
|Back on track|
GOOD NEWS! You and your wife are starting to get used to your new family life and routine. This is when your relationship gets back on track.
Baby sits confidently on his own and crawls freely. With some support, baby begins to stand and walk around furniture.
Around the age of 9 months baby can hold small objects with only her finger and thumb. As a result, baby also begins to use her index finger to point at objects.
Baby starts learning things through experiments. For example, he throws a rattle to see if it makes a sound when it hits the floor.
Baby starts to learn from past experience. For example, she avoids toys or objects that make a lot of noise.
|Get in shape!|
Remember all the times you said you'd go to the gym?
Well guess what – now you have a brand new training program: Baby boot camp! You find yourself running back and forth after your baby, who is crawling like a pro and taking his first steps.
Call it "quality time", call it "development or enrichment time"…we all know you JUST LOVE playing with your baby's toys…
|Being a dad|
Being a dad allows you to act foolish and be childish…which is what your wife claims you do anyhow…
You're so proud when he calls you "dad" way before he says "mom". What better proof of your amazing parental skills!!! And then he calls “DAD!” in the middle of the night, and you feel a bit cheated.
|And yes you're still tired...|
Yet you learn to live with little sleep and still be a happy man and one incredible dad, if you don’t say so yourself.