10 Signs your Baby is Healthy
If you are a first-time mom, then you probably keep looking online for articles to learn if you are doing the right things with your newborn kid, if he is in good health etc.
But, how do you really find out if your child is actually healthy and growing like every normal newborn out there?
In this article, you will find 10 common signs of a healthy baby.
Note: There are a lot of other signs that can tell you if your baby is healthy or not but I decided to include only the 10 most important and common ones, based on my opinion.
Common Signs of a Healthy Baby
Down below you will find 10 sign of a fine health little kid. These are very common, easy to spot by everyone and very helpful to define if your baby is healthy or not.
1. He or She is calm near you
Your kid spent 9 months inside you, so your voice is very important for her. Actually, during the few months or so, one of the things that you don’t have to buy him are toys to play with because all he needs is your voice and you. So, if you notice that your little one pays attention or listen to you every time you talk to her/him, it means that he recognizes you and her/him emotional growth is on the right track.
That’s also the reason why your voice can be used to calm your child when he/she is crying.
2. He/She requires frequent breastfeeding
Babies are born with a sucking reflex and if he/she sucks strongly and feeds frequently, then it is a sign of a normal digestive system development. If he or she makes a swallowing sound while feeding then it means that is getting enough milk and feeding is going normally.
Also, a normal baby sign is when he or she falls asleep while feeding. This habit starts to go away as he grows, so don’t worry.
3. She or He needs 3-5 diapers a day
Diapers are one of the most used items when it comes to little babies. All babies in good health need about 3-5 diapers in a day. This is a sign that he/she is getting enough milk and is properly hydrated. The diaper number can be increased during the first weeks in up to 8 diapers per day and you should begin to worry only if your baby isn’t having at least 3 wet diapers in 24 hours for more than two days.
Also, a fine kid should gain weight during first weeks. If a newborn doesn’t gain weight in the first few weeks and doesn’t wet a few diapers in a day, then he/she is not getting enough milk in her diet, so you better make some adjustments or go talk to your pediatrician.
Also, another not-so-good health sign is a dark colored urine, which means she is dehydrated. The dehydration can be easily fixed by increasing the breastfeeding but be careful to not overfeed him.
4. He/She becomes quiet while growing
Once baby is 1-month old, he/she will start to become quieter to her surroundings. During the first weeks, he/she was all about cry, feed, and sleep but after 1 month, he will begin to become more alert when awake. This is the exact time when she starts to develop her eye muscles and learn to focus.
5. Appropriate height and weight levels
This is one of the most important signs of a healthy baby. A good health child should be almost doubling weight every 5 months and after 1 year, her weight should have tripled. In average, baby gains about 5-6 oz. per week in the first few months. Some will gain a bit more, some a bit less. He needs a check only if he is not gaining weight for a week or two. Contact your doctor and he will give you the recommended weight and height of your child.
Note: It is normal for newborn babies to lose up to 15% of their weight in the first few days after birth because of exerting a lot of energy to maintain body temperature, not eating enough etc. but they should begin gaining weight at least after 10-15 days of age.
6. He/She responds to new sounds
A healthy baby will start eventually to respond to surrounding sounds and turning in that direction. Sounds such as Tv, music, toy etc. will start to attract his attention.
This means that your she is successfully developing her hearing system.
7. He/She starts recognizing colors and tracks movement
Your baby will begin to track movement in front of them and recognize different colors. However, they do not possess depth perception or a perfect color vision. That’s the reason why the high contrast colors are the ones that usually attract them.
8. He/She starts to make eye contact and smiles
Your baby will start to maintain eye contact by the end of the first month and they will be able to smile at the second one. All these interactions show that your kid is connecting with you and is becoming aware of his surroundings.
9. More Sleep, Less Crying
As months pass by, he will begin to sleep more and cry less. These are also signs of a good health kid.
10. He/She starts supporting her/him own weight
Your baby should begin to support her own weight. By the 1-3 month stage, they are capable of lifting their heads up easily. These are signs of him trying to flex the growing muscles. By the end of the first year, he/she starts to crawl, pull herself to a stand and walk with support.
However, some babies are know to walk quite late, up to 2 years, even though they are totally in good health, so don’t worry and always consult your pediatrician.
These are 10 signs of a healthy baby. While there are a lot of other good health signs, these are the most common ones. If you notice anything strange and unusual, contact your pediatrician because different babies can react differently for each situation.
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