What Is A Baby’s Next milestone


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Infants undergo a series of changes from being seemingly helpless at birth to being able to walk and communicate by the age of two. Babies grow very quickly during the first few months, and then remain at or near their initial size until they start experiencing delayed physical development. By the age of two, your infant will be experiencing a marked delay in growth. In the first month, your infant will experience rapid physical development, such as growth of muscles, vision, hearing, coordination and language. Your baby’s doctor will monitor and record the progress and mark it off a standard development chart.

Throughout the months, the baby will be able to: stand up, sit down, crawl, and get up. After that, he/she will be able to: feed themselves, use the toilet, reach, and throw things. After eight months, the baby will be able to: sit up, crawl, walk, turn around, talk, cry, and even dress himself/herself. 

Baby Can Accomplish During The First Two Years

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Some of the milestone milestones your baby can accomplish during the first two years of his/her life are: walking to name the closest person, crawling to touch the longest object, standing with head upright, turning pages, talking, walking to imitate mom/dad, pointing to a particular color, and finally, sitting up with complete control of the body. Some babies grow faster than others. In addition, babies grow at different rates, so if your infant is not growing at the expected rate, don’t get discouraged. The important thing is that your baby is growing at all!

When you are teaching your infant to sit, you want to start by holding him/her upright. If possible, have someone give him/her support while you hold them up. Also, encouraging development means supporting your child. You want to encourage development by getting him/her to repeat actions that demonstrate progress. For example, when your child moves his/her arms and legs, he/she should move them in the direction of the motion rather than trying to do something that is impossible.

Encourage Development By Sitting On The Edge Of A Table

A little girl sitting on a table

In addition, when your baby is starting to roll over, you want to encourage development by sitting on the edge of a table and holding onto both of your hands. Then, move toward your child, keeping your hands on your child’s back, while saying “rollers”. As your child gets older, he/she will be able to sit without support and roll over on their own. If you are holding onto your child while he/she rolls, this will help the child remain balanced and prevent him/her from losing balance.

The final set of milestones for babies to achieve are crawling and falling. Crawling is an important milestone because it helps babies establish independence and dexterity. It is the baby who knows how to walk. Babies can learn to crawl by starting to roll over and use their hands and feet. Additionally, when babies crawl, they may be using their forearms and even knees.

Falls 

Falls are another common developmental milestone for babies. It is important that babies are able to fall without support. If you are concerned about your infant possibly falling, try to offer encouragement. For example, when your infant wants to sit, offer assistance by putting her/him on your lap or holding him by his/her foot. 

If you are not able to hold your infant, offer other forms of encouragement such as using your hand to guide him or her around. Keep in mind that babies who are frequently assisted at this age often continue to improve physically and mentally throughout their first year.

Conclusion

If you are having difficulty defining each of these milestone times in your infant, do not be discouraged. Babies develop at different rates and what works for one may not always work for the next. Regardless, each of these physical development stages is very important and provides for an essential window of time in which to begin to develop physical capabilities. By following a consistent and loving routine, parents are ensuring that these critical early experiences are well-developed and will provide a lifelong foundation for healthy physical development in infants.

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