when are babies no longer considered newborns


When Do Babies Stop Being Considered Newborns?

Newborn babies are one of the cutest and most vulnerable creatures on the planet. But like everything else in life, their time as a newborn doesn’t last forever. So, when do babies stop being considered newborns?

Physical Development

When it comes to physical development, babies are no longer considered newborns by the eighth week. At this age, your baby will have developed stronger head control, a stronger grasp and the ability to hold their head up more independently. Your baby may also try to roll over and be much more active.

Mental Development

At eight weeks, your baby’s cognitive development kicks into gear — they can now recognize familiar faces and start to pay attention to their environment. At this age, they should also start to be more engaged in interactive activities. They may even start to smile, coo and babble.

Growth Spurts

It’s important to note that while eight weeks is generally when babies stop being considered newborns, their development won’t be linear. Growth spurts and developmental stages can vary from baby to baby. Some babies may still show signs of being newborns after the eighth week, while others may seem like toddlers in their early stages.

Signs Your Baby is No Longer a Newborn

There are a few key signs that your baby is no longer a newborn:

  • Head Control: Your baby should have stronger head control, and be able to hold their head up more independently.
  • Smiling: Your baby should start smiling and cooing in response to familiar faces.
  • Interactive Play: Your baby should show interest in interactive activities and try to roll over.

No matter when your baby becomes a non-newborn, remember that it’s all part of their growth and development. As long as you take care of them, your baby will grow into a healthy and happy toddler.