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Baby's First Year : Quiz



 Growth involves physical changes in babies, and it also brings on new abilities. Take this true/false quiz to see how much you know about your child's healthy growth and development in their first year.
1. Within the first three months after birth, babies visually follow light, faces, and objects.
True/False
True. Infants follow faces and objects within the first three months, and they most likely will be able to bring their hands or objects to their mouths. Babies will begin to listen to sounds, and in turn, start to express themselves using cooing and gurgling sounds. A baby will enjoy a mobile with bright objects to view at this age.
2. By three months of age, a baby usually begins to hold his/her head erect, and is able to turn his/her head from side to side when placed on the abdomen.
True/False
True. While babies may progress at different rates, many reach this milestone within the first three months. Parents may encourage development by playing with an infant every day. Holding a baby for feedings and cuddling when he/she is awake is stimulating and encourages physical development.
3. By the time an infant is six months old, he/she will be pulling up to a standing position.
True/False
False. A baby is learning to support the body using his/her legs while being held in a standing position somewhere between three and six months. However, pulling and standing up independently is more likely a skill that begins in the seven to nine month period. By six months of age, most babies will roll from back to front, and front to back, and will make "swimming" motions with arms and legs when placed on the abdomen.
4. A baby becomes very social and may hold his/her arms out to be picked up by the age of six months.
True/False
True. While babies progress at different rates, many begin moving in more purposeful ways by six months of age. Not only will babies indicate a desire to be picked up, they also begin to recognize their own names. Babies at six months may show displeasure when a person or object disappears and understand the meaning of "No." At this age, playing peek-a-boo games is understood.
5. When babies are nine months old, they are usually drinking from a cup.
True/False
False. Babies are still learning to grasp at age nine months, and are just learning to grasp using a whole hand. They are more likely to be accomplished at holding a cup by 12 months of age. Common milestones for babies ages seven to nine months include getting on their hands and feet and rocking back and forth; bouncing when supported to stand; and creeping, scooting, and crawling. At this age, using a jumper swing is entertaining.
6. Babies are learning to talk by the age of nine months.
True/False
True. By age nine months, they are learning to speak! By making two syllable sounds, such as ma-ma and da-da, using the vowel sounds "o" and "u," and repeating tones and sounds made by others, babies are well on their way to talking. When talking to a baby, pause and wait for him/her to respond just as when talking with an adult.  Songs and rhymes help to develop speech.
7. On average, a baby's birthweight is tripled by 12 months of age, and, babies grow about one-half inch each month.
True/False
True. At 12 months of age, babies have gone through considerable growth and development. Some of the common milestones at this age include the ability to receive and return a ball; walking around holding onto furniture; turning pages in a book; banging objects together; and scribbling with a crayon. At this age, a child enjoys toys that move, such as balls or toy cars.
8. Babies have their first vaccinations at birth, and should have a series of all recommended immunizations by the time they are 12 months old.
True/False
True. Many childhood diseases can now be prevented by following recommended guidelines for vaccinations. The immunizations include: Hep B - to protect against hepatitis B; Polio vaccine (IPV) - to protect against polio; DTaP - to protect against diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough; Hib vaccine - to protect against Haemophilus influenzae type b (which causes spinal meningitis); MMR - to protect against measles, mumps and rubella; Pneumococcal vaccine (PCV7) - to protect against pneumonia, infection in the blood, and meningitis; and Varicella - to protect against chickenpox.
Conclusion
By the time a baby reaches the first year birthday, she or he will most likely:
• Understand and respond to gestures, facial expressions, and changes in tone of voice, and understand simple words
• Be curious and want to explore, and may gesture for objects.
• Wave "bye-bye," and may cry or show emotions when told "No"
• Show preferences for people and toys, and may have a favorite blanket
• Follow one-step directions, such as "get the ball", while the parent points to a ball
Consult your child's pediatrician for more information and read the available books on early childhood development.
Source: DeKalb Medical Center, Atlanta, GA


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