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Growth & Development Milestones: Newborns

The American Academy of Pediatrics has identified important milestones for Baby's first month. We've included fun and easy ways to help your newborn reach these key developmental markers, plus helpful information new parents should know.
baby stretching Has Strong Reflex Movements

Type of Milestone: Physical

Practice with Baby: Lift your baby so her feet are resting on a flat surface, and she should make mimic walking movements. Test her startle reflex by gently and safely dropping her into waiting hands. She will throw her arms outward. Stroke her cheeks and lips. This should prompt her to turn her head and open her mouth.

Mama Must-Know: Your baby's primitive reflexes should disappear after a few months.