Your Baby’s Physical Development
All stages of baby development are exciting, but some of the most thrilling milestones are those that deal with physical development. Read our tips.
All stages of baby development are exciting, but some of the most thrilling milestones are those that deal with physical development. Holding up their heads, clapping their hands and, of course, those first steps are all joys for baby and parents alike.
In this article, we’ll focus on some of the most important, most exciting and most anticipated physical development milestones from birth to one year. During this time you’ll be astounded by just how fast your child masters skill after skill, steadily gaining control over her body.
Birth to 3 months
During this time period, you’ll see your baby take those first precious steps in physical development.
Lifting his head may come first. In the early days, it will be very weak and momentary. As time goes on, he will be able to hold his head up steadily and perhaps even turn it to track people, objects or pets as they move. When lying on his stomach, your baby may perform an adorable version of a push-up, testing and improving the strength of his arms. This can be encouraged with some ‘tummy time’ – a few minutes each day spent on their tummy. Some children develop the strength and coordination to roll over during this time period as well.
You may notice your baby batting or swatting at objects that capture his attention. He is aware of his hands, and may bring them together, steadily developing his hand-eye coordination.
4 to 6 months
This age will bring the exciting physical development of being able to put weight on the legs when supported. Sitting is also becoming possible, for short periods. Rolling will also become a very strong skill. Toys are touched, held and traded off between hands.
A very common physical development during this time period is mouthing and gumming everything – so be sure to keep anything dangerous out of baby’s reach! This time period is often when the very first solid foods are introduced.
7 to 9 months
During this period, your child will begin to drag desired objects closer to himself for inspection and play. He may begin to wave hello and goodbye. Even more exciting, this time period is often when crawling is begun and quickly mastered. Eventually, your child will crawl with his belly up off the floor and move at some surprising speeds!
He will master simple games such as peek-a-boo, and will grasp objects between his thumb and forefinger. At this stage, some children can grasp and drink from a two-handled cup on their own, as well as point to let others know what they want.
10 to 12 months
As you look forward to and celebrate your child’s first birthday, his physical development will be really taking off. Speaking in nonsense babble is usually mastered, and he will probably say “mama” or “dada”. You may even hear your child speak one or two other words!
Crawling is usually mastered by now, and your child is likely to begin cruising – walking while holding on to the edge of a couch or chair. Those treasured first steps or even independent walking aren’t out of the question, so be ready!
The first year of life brings incredible physical development in babies. Encourage this development with appropriate toys which foster and nurture further progress. Remember to take plenty of pictures – these ‘firsts’ only happen once!