From birth to one year, your baby will develop many new motor skills like rolling over, sitting, crawling, and even walking. These are natural progressions and each child will develop at his or her own pace. You can encourage the development of large muscles and fine motor skills by simply playing with your baby.
- Play games like patty cake and peek-a-boo; balance your baby on your knee and bounce or let her use her legs to “climb” your chest.
- Age-appropriate toys and a safe environment for exploring will encourage your baby to become mobile.
- Nurturing such as hugs and kisses are very important to the physical development of your baby.
- Be careful not to push your child into developing “early.” Babies can be hurt by over-exerting their under-developed muscles and spine.
Key Developmental Milestones for your baby in the first six months
- Lift head and pull to sitting position when hand held
- Turn from back to stomach and from stomach to back
- Turn head freely
- Sit with slight support
- Moves toy from hand to mouth
- Holds toys placed in both hands
- Bang spoon placed in hand
Key Developmental Milestones for your baby from 6 to 18 months
- Walks alone
- Walk up and down stair with hands held
- Throw a ball
- Sit down from standing
- Dance to music
- Ride on small-wheeled toys
- Places cubes in a cup
- Grasps objects with thumb and forefinger
- Stacks 3 to 4 blocks
- Turns the pages of a book
- Fills and empties containers