Looking After Yourselves
Feeding Your Baby
Your Baby's Development
Your Baby's Development
How should I treat my baby?
You have a baby with the same needs as all babies; so use Plunket,
baby books, magazines and support from family and friends just
as you planned during pregnancy. Remember, most of your babys
behaviour is due to being a baby rather than being due to Down
Invlove your baby in everyday family
activities, play and interact together as you would with any
Your baby may be floppy; make sure
your pushchair and car seat offer good support and dont
allow legs to flop apart, carry your baby with legs together
not on your hip.
Your baby may not be responsive;
it is still important to talk to your baby about what you are
doing and where you are going and respond to your babys
What will my baby achieve and when?
Each baby is different. Generally, our babies
Smile between 1 and 4 months, average
Roll over between 4 and 22 months, average 8 months.
Sit alone between 6 and 28 months, average 10 months.
Crawl between 7 and 21 months, average 12 months.
Finger feed between 8 and 28 months, average 12 months.
Say first words between 9 and 31 months, average 16 months.
Walk between 12 and 65 months, average 24 months.
Like all babies, our babies learn and
develop, but their development is slower than that of other
Like all parents we should enjoy our
children and celebrate their achievements.
Although much of our childrens
development rate depends on their individual make-up, we can
help them through play, everyday activities and early intervention.
What learning problems do our babies
Our children have short arms and legs and have low muscle
tone making it harder to learn to move.
Our children find it hard to learn
through their ears and learn better through their eyes. They
find it easier to learn to talk if main words are signed.
Our children find it hard to just
pick things up and easily forget new skills. Patiently
repeating tasks helps them learn.
Our children may find change hard.
Regular routines, doing tasks the same way can be helpful
What is the most important thing I can
do to help my childs development ?
We spoke to three early intervention therapists who said this;
Love them heaps!! Everything else
comes after that.
Make them feel loved and secure
so that they grow up feeling good about themselves.
Love and nurture your baby and look
after yourself. It may be helpful to talk to other parents.