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Week 11: What is my baby's brain working on at 11 weeks old?

posted 2019 Feb by

Your baby is waking up to the world more and more with every week that goes by. There are so many things her brain is working on, it can be helpful to have a list. Here are the nuanced progressions that child development experts say your baby will likely go through around this time.

Responds to your voice

Between birth and 2.5 months, your baby will likely start to show some kind of response to your voice. You can help by talking to your baby as you go about your day together, encouraging her to look at you as you make different sounds with your mouth. Offering your baby lots of language and eye contact will help her tune in and listen to you. Lots of face-to-face “conversation” with your baby is one of the best things you can do for her development.

 

Looks for the source of a sound (doorbell, clanking dishes, etc)

Between about 2 and 3.5 months, your baby may start looking for the source of sounds she hears. You will see her tuning in and looking, but she will likely not find the source of the sound or even necessarily look in the right direction. You can help her by clinking spoons, tearing paper, or shaking the Silicone Rattle. See if she looks around, and if she doesn’t respond, keep making the sound and slowly move the source until she can see it.

Half roll

Between 1.5 and 2 months, your baby may start to do a half roll when placed on her side, moving from her side to her back. You can help her by putting her in a side-lying position and giving her the black and white images to look at in the Card Holder. After a few minutes of side-lying, take the Card Holder out of her view and shake the Silicone Rattle over her head to see if she rolls onto her back.

Kicks when excited

Between 1.5 and 2.5 months, your baby will kick her legs up and down when she gets excited! You can encourage her to start kicking by placing her so her legs will hit the Batting Ring in The Play Gym.

Tracks moving objects with her eyes

Your baby will likely track a moving object that slowly moves from one side to the other sometime between 2 and 3 months. You can help her learn by shaking the Silicone Rattle slowly from one side to the other about 8 inches away from her face. 

Inspects her own hands

Your baby may start getting fascinated with her hands at around 2 to 3 months. She will inspect them and watch what they do when they move. You can help her notice her own hands by putting the Black and White Mittens on them.