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Developmental Milestones & Your Baby

by Sue Hubbard, M.D.

There are always a lot of questions about your child’s development beginning in infancy and it continues until they are grown. I must say, the longer I practice, the more “variations” on normal I see.

babypicWith that being said, an infant’s developmental milestones are very important and typically occur in the following order.  A baby will begin turning their heads from side to side at about one month of age.

By two months a baby will be exhibiting a reciprocal smile and will make good eye contact.  Shortly after this, typically around four months a baby will reach out at a toy, grab it and put it in their mouths.

They may also start rolling at about 4 -5 months of age.  Around 6 months a baby will start to sit when propped, and then will begin what is called “prop sitting”. In other words, they put their hands down to support themselves while sitting and then over days to weeks you notice that they no longer need their hands for support and they are sitting alone.

After sitting the next milestone, somewhere around 8 – 10 months comes “schooching” and then true crawling.  The last milestone of infancy is walking, which is typically around 12 -15 months of age.

With all of these milestones every baby is a little different. You should see that your baby accomplishes one of the milestones and progresses to the next, but it may not be exactly at the 4 month or 6 month age.

Most importantly, progress is important and you do not want to see your baby “get stuck” and seem to lack interest in achieving the next milestone.

Lastly, practice helps, so spend time with your infant on the floor, sitting between your legs, and practicing the “prop sit”. Also make this a fun time together to not only achieve the milestone of sitting, but to just enjoy playtime.

If you do not think that your child is making progress in their development, or have ongoing concerns,  it is worth a visit and a discussion with your pediatrician.

That’s your daily dose for today. We’ll chat again tomorrow.

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