Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Baby Development : 1-6 months

This chart was taken from for my own reference to monitor Eli's development:

Milestone Chart : 1 - 6 months

Child's Age: 1 month
Mastered Skills (most children can do):
  • Lift heads - yes
  • Responds to sound - yes
  • Stares at faces - yes

Emerging Skills (half of children can do):

  • Follows objects - yes
  • Ooohs and ahhs - no
  • Can see black and white patterns - yes

Advanced Skills (a few children can do):

  • Smiles - no
  • Laughs - no
  • Hold heads at 45 degree angle -no

Child's Age: 2 months

Mastered Skills (most children can do):

  • Vocalises sounds - gurgling and cooing - yes
  • Follows objects - yes
  • Holds head up for short periods -yes

Emerging Skills (half of children can do):

  • Smiles, laughs - yes
  • Holds head at 45 degree angle - no
  • Movements become smoother - not sure

Advanced Skills (a few children can do):

  • Hold heads steady - no
  • Bears weight on legs - no
  • May lift head and shoulder (mini-pushup) - no

Child's Age: 3 months

Mastered Skills (most children can do)

  • Laughs - yes
  • Holds head steady - not quite
  • Recognizes your face and scent - I think so and especially his grandma's voice

Emerging Skills (half of children can do)

  • Squeals, gurgles, coos - oh yes indeed!
  • Recognizes your voice - yes
  • Does mini-pushups - have not seen or let him try

Advance Skills (a few children can do)

  • Turn towards loud sounds - yes
  • Can bring hands together and may bat at toys - bat at toys or his milk bottle
  • Can roll over - no

Child's Age: 4 months

  • Mastered Skills (most children can do)
  • Holds head up steadily
  • Can bear weight on legs
  • Coos when you talk to him

Emerging Skills (half of children can do)

  • Can grasp a toy
  • Reaches out for objects
  • Can roll over

Advanced Skills (a few children can do)

  • Imitates speech sounds baba, dada
  • May cut first tooth

Child's Age : 5 months

  • Mastered Skills (most children can do)
  • Can distinguish between bold colors
  • Can roll over
  • Amuses himself by playing with hands and feet

Emerging Skills (half of children can do)

  • Turns towards new sounds
  • Recognizes own name

Advanced Skills (a few children can do)

  • May sit still momentarily without support
  • Mouths objects
  • Stranger anxiety may begin
  • May be ready for solids

Child's Age: 6 months

Mastered Skills (most children can do)

  • Turns towards sounds & voices
  • Imitates sounds, blows bubbles
  • Rolls in both directions

Emerging Skills (half of children can do)

  • Reaches for objects and mouth them
  • Sits without support
  • Is ready for solids

Advanced Skills (a few children can do)

  • May lurge forward or start crawling
  • May jabber or combine slyllabes
  • May drag object towards himself
  • Thursday, May 13, 2010


    Baby Eli has reflux. It is a common condition experience by about half of young babies from 1-3 months old. Some of you like myself may not have heard about it especially if your babies never had such 'problem' before. So let me just share with you what reflux is just for general knowledge.

    As defined by Baby Centre,

    " Reflux is what happens when your baby's stomach contents come back up into his food pipe (gullet or oesophagus) or even into his mouth. The long name for reflux is gastro-oesophageal reflux disease.

    Babies get reflux because the muscular valve at the end of the food pipe, which acts to keep food in the tummy, hasn’t developed properly yet. This means that when your baby’s tummy is full, food and acid can come back up. This can cause him to bring up small amounts of milk (possetting) or even vomit.

    During the first year of your baby's life, the muscular valve gradually gets stronger and better at keeping food down, so his chance of having reflux decreases. About half of babies will get some reflux during their first three months, but it’s only a real problem for a small percentage of these. By 10 months only about five per cent of babies have reflux (CKS 2009, Rudolph et al 2001).

    According to Eli's paed and from the readings I did on reflux or GER, it is not a health problem that we should worry too much. Your baby is ok as long as he/she is a happy spitter and is growing well despite the vomiting/ spitting. However, mum being mum I still worry whenever he vomits especially when it is a lot that it will come out from his nose at times too. Most of the time he is a happy spitter except when the vomit comes out from his nose. He will get angry and starts to cry. It's heart breaking to see him getting upset then or even if he is not upset...which mothers won't right..I'm also worry if he has enough food since he does vomit out some of the milk...when we went for his 2nd review indeed he has lost weight and was back to his 1mth weight...he was already about 5kg when he was 1 month plus but during his 2nd month review he was back to 4.5kg :( But I guess that was due to the heavy vomiting initially...but now that the vomiting has tone down a bit and he started to take in more milk (from 60ml to 90ml per feeding) hopefully he will be back on track soon...

    Anyway, I've noticed that the reflux on him started only from week 6 was quite bad initially whereby he once vomited through his mouth and nose 3 times in one particular day... when we brought him to the doctor, he was given only one type of medicine to control him from vomiting too much...his paed said health wise, he is is only the reflux that is causing the vomiting...he said it is a phase (for babies 1-3 mths) that he will go through and will get better as he grows...his paed told us that the vomiting will still come back but as long as it is not too much like more than 3 times in a day that he vomits through his nose then it is ok...a few small vomits in a day is fine according to his with that in mind I pray that his reflux will subside soon...and indeed it has subsided a little... he still vomits now and then...sometimes a few times but at least so far (keep fingers crossed) he only vomited once through his nose in any particular day... so til his symptoms subsided or disappear completely, we need to stop and burp him more often on every feed and will need to keep him in an upright position for about half an hour after each feed before laying him down in his cot...sometimes he will make a bit of noise in between his naps which sometimes I think it is because he feels uncomfortable and need to be burped...and most of the time when I do carry and put him in an upright position he does burp :) So far his record is 9 times of vomiting/ spitting in a day...but I've read on the internet some babies can vomit/spit up to 20 times a day!!

    Some friends who experienced the same condition for their babies gave anti regurgitation formula to their babies but I haven't resort to that yet (though I've bought a small can of Novalac AR formula and a bottle of Dentinox the anti wind/ colic infant drop as standby)...I've changed his bottle teats to anti-wind/ anti colic types to reduce air bubbles though...

    Oh well, as frustrated and tiring (lack of sleep in the nights as I worry he will vomit or worst get chocked, a lot of changing, cleaning and laundry to be fact some doctors described this condition as a "laundry problem" rather than a "health problem" as the baby is not having any health problem..just an immature digestive system...) is this reflux thingy is causing me, I'll just have to put up with it for a while for now... just as long as my baby is happy and healthy ... that is all that matter to me :)

    Read this article from Babycentre if you want to know more about reflux and here is another article on 14 steps to help improve a baby's reflux for your own reading pleasure and reference :)

    Tuesday, May 11, 2010

    Photo of the day

    A perfect mismatched clothes...

    Eli's Fullmoon

    I know I've been away for too long...been busy and been lazy due to tiredness lately...will make another entry on that later on ;p

    Anyway, a month has gone by...I'm back at work and baby Eli is now 2 months old. How time before I forget I would like to make a short entry on Eli's Fullmoon. It was an intimate Fullmoon Party with a few relatives and close friends at my parents' home on 11th April afternoon. Eli was asleep most of the time during the party while Ethan was busy roaming and socializing ;p

    Oh btw, in case you're wondering, we ordered the cake from Pink Roses Cake while the cuppies were made by Sharon S.

    Here's another blog entry on Eli's Fullmoon by Aunt Agnes :)