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How Much Do You Know About Your Child's First Year?

 

Growth not only involves physical changes in babies, but it also brings new abilities. Take this true/false quiz with eight questions to see how much you know about your child’s healthy growth and development. After each question, you will find out if your answer is correct or incorrect. Information regarding growth at various stages throughout your child’s first year of life will be provided.

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Within the first three months after birth, babies visually follow light, faces, and objects.

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Not only will infants follow faces and objects within the first three months, they most likely will be able to bring their hands or objects to their mouths. And, babies will begin to listen to sounds, and in turn, start to express themselves using cooing and gurgling sounds. A baby will enjoy a mobile with bright objects to view at this age.

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Not only will infants follow faces and objects within the first three months, they most likely will be able to bring their hands or objects to their mouths. And, babies will begin to listen to sounds, and in turn, start to express themselves using cooing and gurgling sounds. A baby will enjoy a mobile with bright objects to view at this age.

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By three months of age, a baby usually begins to hold his/her head erect, and is able to turn his/her head from side to side when placed on the abdomen.

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While babies may progress at different rates, many reach this milestone within the first three months. Parents may encourage development by playing with an infant every day. Holding a baby for feedings and cuddling when he/she is awake is stimulating and encourages physical development.

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While babies may progress at different rates, many reach this milestone within the first three months. Parents may encourage development by playing with an infant every day. Holding a baby for feedings and cuddling when he/she is awake is stimulating and encourages physical development.

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By the time an infant is six months old, he/she will be pulling up to a standing position.

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A baby is learning to support the body using his/her legs while being held in a standing position somewhere between three and six months. However, pulling and standing up independently is more likely a skill that begins in the seven-to nine-month period. Babies, by six months of age, most likely will roll from back to front, and front to back, and will make “swimming” motions with arms and legs when placed on the abdomen.

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A baby is learning to support the body using his/her legs while being held in a standing position somewhere between three and six months. However, pulling and standing up independently is more likely a skill that begins in the seven-to nine-month period. Babies, by six months of age, most likely will roll from back to front, and front to back, and will make “swimming” motions with arms and legs when placed on the abdomen.

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A baby becomes very social and may hold his/her arms out to be picked up by the age of six months.

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While babies progress at different rates, many begin moving in more purposeful ways by six months of age. Not only will babies indicate a desire to be picked up, they also begin to recognize their own names. Babies at six months may show displeasure when a person or object disappears and understand the meaning of “no.” At this age, play peek-a-boo games!

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While babies progress at different rates, many begin moving in more purposeful ways by six months of age. Not only will babies indicate a desire to be picked up, they also begin to recognize their own names. Babies at six months may show displeasure when a person or object disappears and understand the meaning of “no.” At this age, play peek-a-boo games!

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When babies are nine months old, they are usually drinking from a cup.

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Babies are still learning to grasp well at age nine months, and are just learning to grasp objects using a whole hand. They are more likely to be accomplished at holding a cup by 12 months of age. Common milestones for babies ages seven to nine months include getting on their hands and feet and rocking back and forth; bouncing when supported to stand; and creeping, scooting, and crawling. At this age, play pat-a-cake games!

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Babies are still learning to grasp well at age nine months, and are just learning to grasp objects using a whole hand. They are more likely to be accomplished at holding a cup by 12 months of age. Common milestones for babies ages seven to nine months include getting on their hands and feet and rocking back and forth; bouncing when supported to stand; and creeping, scooting, and crawling. At this age, play pat-a-cake games!

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Babies are learning to talk by the age of nine months.

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Although many babies are not using actual words and sentences by age nine months, they are learning to speak! By making two syllable sounds, such as ma-ma and da-da, using the vowel sounds “o” and “u,” and repeating tones and sounds made by others, babies are well on their way to talking. When talking to a baby, pause and wait for him/her to respond just as when talking with an adult.

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Although many babies are not using actual words and sentences by age nine months, they are learning to speak! By making two syllable sounds, such as ma-ma and da-da, using the vowel sounds “o” and “u,” and repeating tones and sounds made by others, babies are well on their way to talking. When talking to a baby, pause and wait for him/her to respond just as when talking with an adult.

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On average, a baby’s birthweight is tripled by 12 months of age. And, on average starting at birth, babies grow about one-half inch each month.

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At 12 months of age, babies have gone through considerable growth and development. Some of the common milestones at this age include the ability to receive and return a ball; walking around holding onto furniture; turning pages in a book; banging objects together; and scribbling with a crayon. At this age, a child enjoys toys that move, such as balls or toy cars.

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At 12 months of age, babies have gone through considerable growth and development. Some of the common milestones at this age include the ability to receive and return a ball; walking around holding onto furniture; turning pages in a book; banging objects together; and scribbling with a crayon. At this age, a child enjoys toys that move, such as balls or toy cars.

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Babies have their first vaccination at birth, and should have begun a series of all recommended immunizations by the time they are 12 months old.

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Many childhood diseases can now be prevented by following recommended guidelines for vaccinations. The immunizations include: Hep B - to protect against hepatitis B; Polio vaccine (IPV) - to protect against polio; DTaP - to protect against diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough; Hib vaccine - to protect against Haemophilus influenzae type b (which causes spinal meningitis); MMR - to protect against measles, mumps and rubella; Pneumococcal vaccine (PCV7) - to protect against pneumonia, infection in the blood, and meningitis; and Varicella - to protect against chickenpox.

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Many childhood diseases can now be prevented by following recommended guidelines for vaccinations. The immunizations include: Hep B - to protect against hepatitis B; Polio vaccine (IPV) - to protect against polio; DTaP - to protect against diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough; Hib vaccine - to protect against Haemophilus influenzae type b (which causes spinal meningitis); MMR - to protect against measles, mumps and rubella; Pneumococcal vaccine (PCV7) - to protect against pneumonia, infection in the blood, and meningitis; and Varicella - to protect against chickenpox.

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How Much Do You Know About Your Child's First Year?

You answered out of 8 questions correctly.

Remember, that by the time a baby reaches the first year, most likely:

  • he/she will understand and respond to gestures, facial expressions, and changes in tone of voice, and will understand simple words

  • he/she will be curious and want to explore, and may gesture for objects. In fact, babies at this age enjoy dropping objects on the floor for others to retrieve

  • he/she will wave “bye-bye,” and may cry or show emotions when told “no”

  • he/she will show preferences for people and toys, and may have a favorite blanket

  • he/she will may follow one-step commands with a sign to demonstrate, such as “get the ball” while the parent points to it

Consult your child’s physician for more information and regular checkups.

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