Head to foot: Control of head first, legs and feet control slower Near to far: Arms/hands then fingers Simple to complex: Gross motor skills to fine motor skills
Weight gain is one of the best signs of good health. Compared to the rest of the body, a baby's head and abdomen are large. The legs and arms are short and small.
Senses: Hearing- sense of hearing develops before birth. Touch- newborns lack both sufficient brain development and movement to explore touch. Smell/Taste- sense of smell does not develop until after birth. The sense of taste also develops rapidly.
Usually at 6 months, table food can start to be introduced.
Month 1: Lifts head Month 2: make "ooh" and "aah" sounds Month 3: opens and closes hands Month 4: supports upper body on hands
Feeding Sequence: Hold bottle - Finger food - Utensils