Baby Development Overview

As new or expecting parents, you want to be prepared. Understanding the various stages of baby development can help provide you with a sense of the various milestones that your child will be going through. Your newborn will be faced with various stages of development in her first year of life - physically, mentally, and emotionally. As a toddler, you will need to be by your child's side and guide him as he takes his first steps, begins the process of potty training, and as he learns how to express himself.


Your Baby’s Developmental Milestones

The first year of a baby's life is marked by tremendous change as she overcomes various developmental milestones. As parents, it is important to be aware of these changes so that you can help guide and support your growing child. As a toddler, your child will be going through changes that will require assistance from parents. The following are some of the major milestones that your baby will be going through.

One of the first major milestones that your child will experience is the teething process, which can be a painful and emotional time for your baby. Knowing how to help your child through this process can relieve the stresses placed on both baby and parents.

Teething typically begins at the age of 6 months, and symptoms can include irritability, drooling, finger sucking, red cheeks, swollen or sore gums, crying, and disrupted sleep. It is a good idea to prepare your baby by practicing brushing using a washcloth and gauze to gently wipe your baby’s gums.

At eighteen months, your child's back teeth will begin to emerge, and this is when using child toothpaste may begin.

Potty Training
Generally speaking, potty training your child and getting him out of diapers will begin between the ages of 18 and 24 months. It is important for parents to make sure that their toddler is both physically and emotionally ready to begin toilet training. One way to do this is by making sure that she understands the concept of the washroom and can use words such as "pee" and "poop" to communicate.

Your toddler should be interested in what goes on in the washroom, and she should be able to keep her diaper dry for several hours at a time. Boys will tend to stay in diapers longer than girls. Potty training can be a difficult process, but there are some potty training tips that parents can use as a guide during this time.

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