​Baby development milestones: Newborn

  • The physical development of your newborn begins at the head, then progresses to other parts of the body.
  • Newborns are usually sleepy in the first few days after birth, gradually giving way to longer periods of alert wakefulness and physical activity.
  • Your newborn may shift his or her eyes towards nearby sources of continued sound like cooing. It is common for babies to display startled reaction to sudden loud noises.
  • Unable to raise head. Head falls backwards if pulled to sit.
  • Opens eye when held in an upright position.
  • Bonds with mother. Smiles at mother.
  • Responds to high-pitched tones by moving limbs.
  • Hands are fisted, the arms are flexed.

Ref: N18