Nourishing Milestones

Helping moms nourish their baby's growth and development

What Newborns Need

What Does My Baby See?

Posted by christina f
on Sep. 19, 2013 at 12:00 AM
What Does My Baby See?
When a baby is first born, his eyesight is not always the best. Think about it. He's been confined to a dark place for nine months and all of a sudden he's forced out into the bright new world. I'm sure you'd be a little squinty too.After reading our baby books, we found out that newborns see a little differently, so we based our choice of crib mobiles on this:Shapes - Simple shapes are easier to distinguish than more complex images.Color - Black and white is easier to see than colors in the f ...

Rolling Over for the First Time

Posted by christina f
on Sep. 17, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Rolling Over for the First Time
I was not prepared for how fast my son grew from just a snuggly newborn infant into a wiggly baby. It happened in the blink of an eye. Other moms had always told me, to cherish moments because they are over in a flash. It was only then, that I started to believe them. At three months, my son was already learning to roll over. My husband and I must have missed the first time he ever rolled over. We think it happened early in the morning after he woke up. There's no other explanation for him waki ...

Baby's Startle Reflex

Posted by christina f
on Sep. 12, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Baby's Startle Reflex
Ever see those silly YouTube videos where a baby is both scared and delighted at the same time. Go ahead and give it a search if you haven't because it's wildly entertaining. There are babies who are scared of paper ripping but laugh hysterically afterwards or those who hate the sound coughing but follow up with a big grin. We had a similar situation going on in our house when my son was about three months old. Turns out that our baby was both startled and delighted every time I sneezed. Mi ...

My Baby Knows My Voice

Posted by christina f
on Sep. 5, 2013 at 12:00 AM
My Baby Knows My Voice
I talked to my baby from the moment I found out I was pregnant. I read to him from my favorite magazines. I even read the business section from the Wall Street Journal in attempts to up his vocabulary. I sang my favorite songs to him, and even made some up along the way. I explained to him what I was doing at different points of the day and even told him what I was about to eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner. If anyone saw me doing this, I'm sure their first thought was that I was crazy!All I ...

I Smile, He Smiles

Posted by christina f
on Sep. 3, 2013 at 12:00 AM
I Smile, He Smiles
Babies are such wonderful playthings. There's always something new for them to explore and learn, or a new milestone that they are waiting to accomplish. By three months, my baby was able to react to facial expressions. It was a real life case of monkey see, monkey do. I noticed it one day when I was making ooh faces at him. No sooner had I turned my lips into an "o" shape, did he copy me and do the same thing! We did that together for a while and then I decided to stick my tongue out. To my ...

Grasping for It All

Posted by christina f
on Aug. 29, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Grasping for It All
When my son was about a month old, he learned to grasp his hands together. At first it seemed that was doing it unintentionally but the more he did it, the more it seemed like he had real intent for the gesture.He would grasp his hands together while in his baby swing. He did it while he lay on his back playing. He would grasp his blanket close. It was a newfound skill that he seemed intent on practicing over and over again. We soon learned that grasping his hands together was just a prec ...

Bearing Weight

Posted by christina f
on Aug. 29, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Bearing Weight
At three months my son could bear weight on his little legs when we held him upright. It was only a matter of time before he wanted to jump while in this position.Seeing his chubby legs wanting to do all the work was both delightful and surprising. It seemed as if he was just born! How could time have gone that fast?I noticed this one-day, and I had him in my lap and I was changing him from pajamas to day clothes. As I stood him on my lap, his little legs reached our as if to bear weight. It e ...

Baby's First Holiday

Posted by christina f
on Aug. 27, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Baby's First Holiday
Holidays are always a special time, but they seem even more memorable when you bring a baby into the mix.My son was about four months old for his first Christmas, and during this time he was hitting a new milestone - exhibiting curiosity in new things and sensations - and my what a good time to start developing this trait. The shiny tinsel on the trees mesmerized him. He couldn't get enough of the twinkly Christmas lights. When we visited family in Colorado, we let him touch the wet snow. For ...

What Are These?

Posted by christina f
on Aug. 27, 2013 at 12:00 AM
What Are These?
Remember when your baby first discovered his or her hands and stared on them for minutes on end. This was by far one of the most entertaining newborn milestones. When my son was about 2 months old, his vision was good enough and his dexterity developed enough to bring his hands into his field of vision. Once he could see his hands, he would stare at them. He'd open them out flat and then close them in to a tiny fist over and over again.You could almost see his brain working. Indeed these appe ...

Talking with My Baby

Posted by christina f
on Aug. 26, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Talking with My Baby
When my baby started cooing and grunting at around 2 months, it was like music to my ears - some of the sweetest sounds I had ever heard. The more I listened and observed him do it, the more I wanted to engage him and have him do it some more. I couldn't get enough.I remember spending a whole afternoon, just laying next to my baby as he batted about with toys and kicked in delight. I put my face near his and cooed right along with him. It seemed as if we were singing together. The more I made ...