Babies 0-6 months

Babies 0-6 months

While a newborn baby spends most of its time asleep, it doesn’t take long for baby to wake up to the world around. From 4-6 weeks, baby will begin to recognise familiar faces, turn to sounds – and you might even get your first smile.

In the first four months, your baby can see only at close range. Baby will push food out when placed on the tongue. This is known as the extrusion reflex, and is strong in the first 9 weeks. By 6-10 weeks baby recognises the feeding position and will begin mouthing and sucking when placed into position. By three months baby can hold its head in the middle when lying on the ground.

Baby will increase movements such as leg kicking and will become more aware of their hands – but may not be aware that they belong to them!

From 4-6 months of age, your baby may be ready to eat from a spoon. Look out for these signs:

  • Baby is now able to hold his or her head up well. Vision is far more accurate and his eyes can follow a suspended toy swinging from side to side and up and down.

  • The extrusion reflex disappears – baby’s tongue now moves back and forth to take food from a spoon for swallowing. By six months most babies can use the tongue to move semi-solid food from the front of the mouth to the back ready for swallowing. If your baby still has the extrusion reflex, they are not yet ready for spoon feeding.

  • The sucking reflex becomes voluntary. Babies can sometimes approximate their lips to the rim of a cup by five months.

Read about:

Karicare infant formula – how we can help you&gt,

Feeding guide for new babies – breastmilk, formula and first solids&gt,

Weight gain and growth – indicators that your baby is receiving enough milk&gt,

Bottle feeding preparation – what you need and when&gt,

Using infant formulas – when breastfeeding isn’t an option&gt,

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