How do you tell that your baby is growing healthily? Is there any way to make sure that your baby develops properly? What do you do if your baby doesn’t achieve certain milestones?
Every child is different, but you can expect your kid to hit developmental milestones as they grow up. He or she might achieve these baby milestones at a slower or faster pace than others, but it’s crucial to know parents shouldn’t fuss over it too much.
That said, here are some of the major milestones that you can expect when your child is growing up:
Smiling (8 weeks old)
As babies can’t communicate their feelings through words, they cry a lot. However at eight weeks after birth, babies usually develop their nervous system and vision enough to show another social skill, which is smiling.
Not only is your baby showing signs of development, but it is also a sign of emotional growth. Responding by smiling means your baby can differentiate happiness from other emotions. Your baby knows that when he is happy, and he knows how to smile to show it.
Grabbing objects (3 to 4 months old)
At this stage, babies will develop enough motor skills to open and close their fists. This means they can start grabbing and picking up objects.
With the strength to grab objects, it opens a new world for your baby. They will learn that they can manipulate things with their hands and engage more with the objects around them. Playtime will definitely get more fun.
Crawling (6 to 10 months)
Babies are naturally curious, so once they’re able to sit up, it wouldn’t be long until they start crawling. At first, your baby might reposition himself to be on all fours and testing his arm strength before realising he can move around.
Your baby might shuffle, slither or roll around before he can crawl properly, but that’s perfectly fine. You can encourage your baby to move around more by placing things he likes just out of reach. Just make sure that you give him enough safe space to move.
Walking (10 to 18 months)
The first step is always a big deal, both for the baby and the parents. But that’s because walking requires muscle strength, coordination and balance. Walking also takes confidence.
This baby milestone doesn’t just mean he’s able to walk around, it also means he can carry things as he walks. Now, he can bring you things and that makes it a rich social interaction.
Baby milestones are different for every child
Although these milestones are something parents look forward to, it’s crucial to remember that every child develops at their own pace. Just because your child doesn’t achieve a milestone at the expected time, doesn’t mean he is slow. Have patience and your child will eventually get it.