If you’re trying to figure out what to expect from your newborn baby and her progress over the next few months, it can be difficult to keep track of everything that’s happening in that little life of hers. Luckily, there are milestones she will pass along the way, so keep an eye out for these markers of healthy development and adjust your expectations based on what’s normal for your baby at each stage of development!

Baby crying

Babies cry for a variety of reasons. They might be hungry, tired, bored or feeling a little out of sorts. As babies get older and begin to interact with their surroundings, they learn to verbalize when they’re unhappy—and you’ll gain a better understanding of what makes them happy.

Baby sleeping

Babies sleep an average of 14 hours a day. By one month, babies should be able to sleep for about two and a half to three hours at a time without waking. At two months, babies should be able to wake themselves up if they’re hungry or wet (and probably start sleeping for slightly longer stretches). After four months, babies who aren’t sleeping all night may need their own room so that everyone else in your family can get a good night’s rest too.

Baby eating

Babies have particular needs and specific times in which they can begin to eat solids. If you’re a parent of a baby, it’s important to know these baby milestones in order to properly feed your child and ensure that she or he is developing as expected. Additionally, knowing these basic baby milestones will help you understand if your child may need medical attention.

When does baby sleep through the night?

Most babies sleep through the night (meaning they can go all night without feeding or wakening) between 8 and 12 weeks. But every baby is different. When a baby starts sleeping for longer stretches, she’s likely to need fewer nighttime feedings. Once your baby is sleeping through most of her nights, it’s time to start thinking about setting more consistent mealtimes, too. That will set you up for success in getting your little one on a schedule that works for everyone!

How to make baby sleep better

It may seem like an uphill battle, but in time you’ll find that those baby milestones come much more quickly. In time your baby will be rolling over (usually to avoid a bright light), sitting up without assistance, crawling across the floor and eventually walking. While parents naturally worry about their child’s development, keep in mind that most babies take their own sweet time.

Is your baby wetting through his/her nappy every night?

A step towards potty training is learning how to recognize when your baby needs to go to toilet, and responding appropriately. If you’re wondering whether your baby should be wetting through his/her nappy every night, here’s what you need to know about it and why it happens.

Does your baby have any other habits that you wish he/she didn’t have (e.g. thumb sucking)?

I wish she wouldn’t suck her thumb because she won’t stop when we tell her to. She gets upset and will cry. I’ve tried everything from bibs to bitter tasting stuff, but nothing seems to work. If you have any advice, that would be great! Thanks in advance!

Are there any things about your child’s sleep pattern you find difficult or uncomfortable? If so, how do you handle it? Do you use anything to make the process easier (e.g. white noise)? Any tips to share with other parents in a similar situation would be helpful!

Hi. I just wanted to let you know that my wife and I have been using a playard for our son since he was born (he’s now 8 months). We don’t ever leave him in there for more than a few hours at a time, but we do use it whenever he falls asleep outside of his room (i.e.

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