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Is this normal for his age? People keep telling me he's advanced

My son is a lil over 3 weeks old. Pretty much since birth, he has cood - and I mean the actual coo coo sound- , he can hold his bottle if you let go of it, he smiles, he follows you with his eyes, makes eye contact, mimics facial expressions, will try to put his pacy back in and will also slap it away if he doesn't want it, will turn and look directly and someone who talks to him or calls his name, he tries to stand up, he holds his head up fairly well and is remarkably strong. I have had several people tell me he is abnormally smart and advanced for his age, so I'm wondering if they are right

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Asked by Anonymous at 2:44 AM on Dec. 9, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • DD did most of that. The day she was born she was laying on my chest and picked her head up and looked at me. She also cooed a lot and ended up having a 500+ word vocab and spoke in sentences by 17 months. She seemed to smile back in the 1st couple weeks, made eye contact from day one, etc. She could support her wieght on her legs very early on too.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:27 AM on Dec. 9, 2009

  • sounds pretty normal. the standing thing is a reflex that will go away within a few months. As for the bottle holding, how long can he "hold" it? I doubt he's actually holding it purposefully. If he were, THAT would be advanced. It all sounds pretty normal though. Enjoy your new baby. I've noticed family/friends act like all new babies are so smart and then the next one comes along and you realize they all pretty much do the same things. :-)

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:17 AM on Dec. 9, 2009

  • i think its true that some babies can be stronger than others. If you had an easy labor or a c section then he/she may very well be a little stronger than a baby that had a harder birth

    Answer by shay1130 at 8:52 AM on Dec. 9, 2009

  • While it's cool to see, most of that is reflexes that will go away with time.... things like standing, stepping, mimicing facial expressions, smiling are all inborn things that newborn's can do for a few weeks or months depending on what it is.
    And he may just be strong if he's supporting his bottle and holding his head up and things like that. My son could do that as well... some babies have very good head and neck control and others don't... just depends on the baby.

    Here are some neat video's on the things new babies can do:

    These are kind of funny.... but they show the amazing things a newborn baby can do

    Answer by AmiJanell at 10:18 AM on Dec. 9, 2009

  • Did you know babies are born with a reflex to swim? There is a video I watched once where these german doctors took babies who had JUST been born and before they breathed plopped them into a water tank. They swam all over, and then when the doctors pulled them out they were fine because they hadn't tried to breath yet! It's mean I know - but it just shows you the amazing power of reflexes.

    Your baby sounds strong but normal otherwise. :)

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:30 PM on Dec. 9, 2009

  • It sounds like he is advanced. I was taught, if it happens once it's a coincidence. Twice, maybe something. Three times he is advanced. My son is like that as well. He's been holding his head up, trying to sit on his own.

    Answer by so1986 at 10:21 PM on Dec. 9, 2009

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