Young Babies: Birth to 6 Months

Every new baby is a miracle. As new parents, you may feel many emotions at the same time (e.g., happy, confused and exhausted). Be patient. You’re learning a lot. You and your baby are getting to know each other. Give your baby your time, love and attention. Trust your instincts and ask for help when you need it.

  • First six weeks

    For information on newborns during the first six weeks, visit our postpartum section.
  • Developmental Charts

    While each child grows and develops at her own pace, her overall development follows a pattern. Here you'll find some of the developmental tasks and milestones for young babies from birth to 3 months and from 3 to 6 months.

  • Growing together

    A new baby means many changes for first-time and experienced parents. Over time, you’ll rely more on your own instincts and less on what others have to say. Learn more about attachment and skin-to-skin cuddling.

  • Eating

    During the first few months, babies can only eat small amounts at each feeding, so they need to feed often. Learn about changes in feeding as your baby grows and what to when your baby won't eat.

  • Everyday care

    Your baby needs you to help her stay clean and healthy. Learn about everyday care for your young baby here.

  • Family Health

    In this section, you'll learn about the importance of health check-ups and when to get medical care when your baby is sick.

  • Preventing Injuries

    Most childhood injuries can be prevented. Often injuries happen because parents aren’t aware of the risks to their baby’s safety. Here are some things to know about preventing injuries.

  • Growing and learning with your young baby

    Young babies change and grow daily. All areas of development are interconnected—one area can’t develop without the other. Your child’s development is guided by the brain. Learn more about these amazing changes here.

  • Taking Care of yourselves

    The first 6 months with your baby will bring lots of changes. You may experience different feelings and emotions. You'll have to take the time to balance your needs with the needs of your new baby. Learn more about taking care of yourself.

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