In the NICU - Your baby
Your preterm baby’s early developmental progress: step-by-step
This step-by-step chart will help you to understand how your baby develops as they grow. It will help you to know when your baby is ready to communicate with you.
Ideally, your baby needs to develop each step before they progress to the next step, e.g. your baby’s physiological, motor and state of alertness (steps 1-3) need to be met before they are ready to actively socialise with you (step 4).
This table is adapted from the NIDCAP Programme see www.nidcap.org.