When the world first welcomes a baby into its hearth, everything probably seems like a big and scary adventure. At first, babies don’t know who they are, who you are, and why you care for them. I mean they can’t even think of such questions – they can only feel when they are comfortable and safe, or otherwise.
However, since they are brought into this world, outside their mother’s wombs, they start to communicate and give you little signals when they are awake and alert, tired, or hungry. They are continuously learning and developing. From birth, they begin exploring the wonders in the world through their eyes, but they can’t quite understand what is happening to them or realize they are a separate person. Also, according to Better Health, newborns can’t cry ‘for attention’ or to ‘get at’ their parents – and they are not capable of responding to you with any conscious purpose. Simply said, they can feel, but not think.
This shows how delicate and tender newborns are, so they surely need to be handled with care and love. So, if you are already a parent or are waiting for your new arrival of joy to come, below you will find listed 10 signs, which according to Mom Junction shows that babies have passed the ‘newborn’ stage.
1. They can lift their head up by themselves
Generally speaking, newborn babies’ heads are slightly heavier for their necks since muscle development is still incomplete. So, after the muscles have developed, your baby will be able to lift his/her head up for a short while when you put him/her on the tummy, which means your baby is no longer a newborn.
2. Their sleep routine is almost set
Newborn babies’ circadian rhythm a.k.a biological clock is not yet developed, which is why they wake up constantly and have an irregular sleep-wake cycle. However, after constant efforts, babies will create a routine by learning to sleep longer during the nights and stay awake during the day.
3. The Moro reflex disappears
The Moro reflex is an infantile reflex present in all newborns up to 3 or 4 months. It comes as a response to a sudden loss of support when the infant feels as if it is falling or sudden noise. However, this reflex generally is not present by the time they turn 3 – 4 months old and are no longer newborns.
4. They can roll over
As they grow old, babies’ muscles develop gradually. Once they are 4 months old, you will notice they can roll over from front to back. So, if you put your baby on the tummy for a while, don’t worry if you see them later rolled over. It’s their muscles!
5. They start feeding quickly
When babies are born, they don’t know who is feeding them, or who is taking care of them. All they are capable of is crying when they are hungry or tired.
As they are continuously learning, suckling from the breast or the bottle will help them develop their feeding skills, so eventually, they will start feeding quickly. Also, their appetite might be increased.
6. They need a bigger size of diapers
Babies constantly grow in girth and weight, so by the time they move out of the ‘newborn’ stage, you’ll soon require a bigger size of diapers for them.
7. They start holding objects
By the time your baby turns 3-4 months old, he/she will start being conscious about their toes, hands, and fingers and start playing with them as well. In general, babies might also try holding objects or start swiping at dangling toys.
8. They start eating solid food
Once your baby is 4 months old, he/she is willing to try new flavors and textures apart from breast milk or formula. Now you can feed them with solid, pureed foods, and cereals.
9. They start enjoying baths more
Newborns crying out loud while being bathed is a common thing. Everything is a first time experience for them and bathing is no different. One of the reasons for this is the feel of water touching the skin which might make the baby uncomfortable.
However, soon you will realize that your little baby is actually enjoying his/her bath routines. For more, they will actually like extended periods of time in the bathtub.
10. Spending time around people doesn’t sound bad after all
Once your baby is 4 months old, he/she will enjoy people’s company, by looking more at them and relishing the attention they get.