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Your Child's Development: Newborn


From the moment babies are born, they begin responding to the world around them. Their reactions — being calmed by a mother's embrace or startled by a loud sound — are examples of normal infant development.

Doctors use these milestones to tell whether a baby is developing as expected. There's a wide range of what's considered normal, so some babies gain skills earlier or later than others. Babies who were born prematurely reach milestones later. Always talk with your doctor about your baby's progress.

Here's what your newborn might do:

Communication and Language Skills

Movement and Physical Development

Social and Emotional Development

Cognitive Skills (Thinking and Learning)

When to Talk to Your Doctor

Every child develops at his or her own pace, but if there's something that concerns you, tell your doctor. Also, tell the doctor if your baby:

Reviewed by: Mary L. Gavin, MD
Date reviewed: June 2016


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