Videos For New Born Babies

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that babies younger than 18 months get no screen time at all. The exception to this rule is video chatting with grandparents or other family members or friends, which is considered quality time interacting with others.

Newborn Baby Sensory Videos

Most of a baby’s brain development happens in the first 2 years of life. That’s why it’s so important for babies and toddlers to explore their environment and experience many sights, sounds, tastes, and textures. Interacting and playing with others helps children learn about the world around them.

So experts recommend limiting the amount of time that babies and toddlers spend in front of a screen. That’s good advice — but in today’s world, it can be tough to keep babies and toddlers away from all the TVs, tablets, computers, smartphones, and gaming systems they’ll see.

How Much Is Too Much?

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that babies younger than 18 months get no screen time at all. The exception to this rule is video chatting with grandparents or other family members or friends, which is considered quality time interacting with others.

Toddlers 18 months to 24 months old can start to enjoy some screen time with a parent or caregiver. Children this age can learn when an adult is there to reinforce lessons.

By ages 2 and 3, it’s OK for kids to watch up to 1 hour a day of high-quality educational programming.

Screen Time Tips

When introducing screen time to toddlers:

  • Be with young kids during screen time. That can mean playing an educational game or talking about something you see together in an age-appropriate TV show or video.
  • Research games and apps before getting them for your child. Thousands of apps and games claim to be educational, but not all of them are. Search online to see which ones educators and doctors consider the best. When possible, preview before sharing with your child.
  • Schedule plenty of non-screen time into your child’s day. Playtime is important for learning and building creativity. Schedule lots of time for hands-on learning and interacting with caregivers and friends. Also, encourage your child to be physically active every day.
  • Turn off screens during meals and at least 1 hour before bed. Keep TVs and other electronics out of the bedroom.
  • Set a good example. Turn off TVs and other screens when not in use. Don’t leave screens on in the background and turn off your phone when you are with your child. This can distract from your interactions and your child’s play.

Talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about managing your child’s screen use.

How to Help a Newborn Develop

Time with you, smiles, gazes and tummy time are good for newborn development.

Here are a few simple things you can do to help your newborn’s development at this age:
Spend time with your baby: try reading and telling stories, talking and singing. …
Look into your baby’s eyes: if your baby is looking at you, look back.

Newborn development at 0-1 month: what’s happening

Cuddling, sleeping, feeding. That’s what it’s all about in the first few months.

Your baby is also learning a lot as you spend time together every day. Your baby’s brain is growing and developing as they see, hear and touch the world around them.

Around this age faces are the most interesting thing to your baby, and your baby might be able to follow your face with their eyes.  Your baby will also like looking at toys with contrasting colours like red, black and white, as well as toys with faces or patterns like swirls or checks.

Your one-month-old can hear you and knows your voice, but your baby might sometimes startle when they hear you or another sound.

Although eye contact is one way your baby tells you they want your attention, your baby communicates with you mostly through crying. For example, your baby will cry or make throaty noises if they need you.

Your baby might lift their head briefly when they’re lying on their tummy or turn it to the side when they’re lying on their back. This helps your baby see where you are and what’s around them.

Sometimes your baby will hold your finger, but most of the time they’ll keep their hands in a tight fist.

Helping newborn development at 0-1 month

Here are a few simple things you can do to help your newborn’s development at this age:

  • Spend time with your baby: try reading and telling storiestalking and singing. Doing these things every day also helps your baby get familiar with sounds and words. In turn, this develops language and communication skills your baby will need when they’re older.
  • Look into your baby’s eyes: if your baby is looking at you, look back. This is important for bonding with your baby. When your baby looks away, they’re letting you know they’ve had enough and need a rest.
  • Smile at your baby: when your baby sees you smile, it releases natural chemicals in their body. This makes your baby feel good, safe and secure. It also helps build attachment to you.
  • Play with your newborn: this helps your baby’s brain to grow and helps them learn about the world. It also strengthens the bond between you.
  • Give your baby tummy time: 1-5 minutes of tummy play each day builds your baby’s head, neck and upper body strength. Your baby needs these muscles to lift their head, crawl and pull themselves up to stand when they’re older. Always watch your baby during tummy time and put your baby on their back to sleep.
  • Try baby massage: baby massage is a great way to bond with your baby. It can also be relaxing and soothing if your baby is cranky.

Sometimes your baby won’t want to do these things – for example, they might be too tired or hungry. Your baby will use special baby cues to let you know when they’ve had enough and what they need.

Newborn crying and how to respond

Sometimes you’ll know why your baby is crying. When you respond to crying – for example, by feeding your baby if they’re hungry – your baby feels more comfortable and safe.

Sometimes you might not know why your baby is crying, but it’s still important to comfort them. You can’t spoil your baby by picking them up, cuddling them, or talking to them in a soothing voice.

But a lot of crying might make you feel frustrated, upset or overwhelmed. It’s OK to take some time out until you feel calmer. Put your baby in a safe place like a cot, or ask someone else to hold your baby for a while. Try going to another room to breathe deeply or call a family member or friend to talk things through.

Never shake a baby. It can cause bleeding inside the brain and likely permanent brain damage.

It’s OK to ask for help. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the demands of caring for your baby, call your local Parentline. You might also like to try our ideas for dealing with anger, anxiety and stress.

Parenting a newborn

Every day you and your baby will learn a little more about each other. As your baby grows and develops, you’ll learn more about what your baby needs and how you can meet these needs.

As a parent, you’re always learning. It’s OK to feel confident about what you know. And it’s also OK to admit you don’t know something and ask questions or get help.

Your own physical and mental health is an important part of being a parent. When you’re focused on looking after a baby, you might forget or run out of time to look after yourself. But looking after yourself physically, mentally and emotionally will help your baby grow and thrive.

When to be concerned about newborn development

See your child and family health nurse or GP if you have any concerns or notice that your one-month-old:

  • is crying a lot and this is worrying you
  • isn’t feeding well
  • is very tired or sleeps a lot more than expected for this age – that is, more than around 16 hours a day
  • isn’t moving their arms or legs
  • isn’t responding to bright light or seeing things – for example, isn’t following your face with their eyes
  • isn’t making sounds like gurgling
  • isn’t hearing things – for example, isn’t startling to loud sounds or turning their head towards sounds
  • isn’t sleeping well.

You should also see your child and family health nurse or GP if you or your partner experiences the signs of postnatal depression in birthing mothers or postnatal depression in non-birthing parents. Symptoms of postnatal depression include feeling sad and crying for no obvious reason, feeling irritable, having difficulty coping and feeling very anxious.

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