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Motor Development Milestones in Your Baby

Motor Development Milestones in Your Baby

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Your baby is learning new things daily. Your baby’s attempts at doing simple things will amaze you. It’s time for her to practice what she has been seeing for a while.

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Once your baby is able to stand, he/she will:

Try to walk forward and sideways by holding a hand or the furniture.

Generally babies try to stand by pulling themselves up in the crib. So encourage your baby to stand by making the crib a safe place. Move the mattress to the lowest setting and remove all the crib toys from the crib.

Build a tower of two blocks and bang
two blocks together.

Turn through the pages of a book by flipping many pages together at one time.

 

Use the tip of the thumb and index finger to pick up small objects.

 

Point with a finger.

Transfer objects from one hand to the other.

Drink out of a spouted cup by himself or herself.

Feed himself or herself by sitting in a high chair. However, he or she will be more interested in squishing the food rather than eating it.

Sit down without help.

As your baby starts to move around, baby-proof your home to provide a safe environment for your baby.

Remember that every child develops a little differently. So never compare your child’s development with other babies of his or her age. However, if you are concerned about your child’’s development, do not hesitate to visit your child’’s doctor.

Reference

1. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002005.htm

PHYSICAL AND MOTOR SKILLS

A 12-month-old child is expected to:

Be 3 times the birth weight

Grow to a height of 50% over birth length

Have a head circumference equal to that of the chest

Have one to eight teeth

Stands by his or herself

Walk alone or when holding one hand

Sit down without help

Bang two blocks together

Turn through the pages of a book by flipping many pages at a time

Picks up a small object using the tip of the thumb and index finger

Sleep 8 - 10 hours a night and take one to two naps

All children develop a little differently. If you are concerned about your child’’s development, talk to your child’’s health care provider.

2. http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Child_development_%284%29_nine_to_12_months

Moving around

The big breakthrough in motor development is that they will move on their own. They might pull themselves along with their arms, roll around or crawl on all fours. Safety is an important issue now. You need to baby-proof your house and make sure all dangerous or breakable items are out of reach. Developmental characteristics include:

They will start to pull themselves to standing and support their weight by holding onto you or furniture.

Some babies walk by themselves during these months, although many won’’t walk for some months yet.

They can pick up an object with their thumb and fingers.

They poke, point with a finger and transfer objects from one hand to the other.

They can’’t control putting things down and may have to drop the object to release it from their grasp.

They can sit on their own for quite long periods.

They will be feeding themselves in the high chair, although they may often be more interested in squishing and feeling the food rather than eating it.

They can drink out of a spouted cup by themselves.

3. http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/pdf/parents_pdfs/milestonemomentseng508.pdf

Movement/Physical Development

Gets to a sitting position without help

Pulls up to stand, walks holding on to furniture (“cruising”)

May take a few steps without holding on

May stand alone

4. http://www.education.vic.gov.au/Documents/childhood/parents/health/chlchart6years.pdf

Pulls to stand, walks forward and sideways holding a hand.

May stand alone or walk alone.

Uses thumb and forefinger to pick up small objects.

Points with index finger.

Builds a tower of two blocks and bangs

two blocks together

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