Most parents eagerly await their baby’s cognitive and physical development. While it’s important to celebrate and enjoy each developmental milestone, watching your baby develop can also be a stressful and worrying time. There are certain age-related developments that indicate a healthy and appropriate rate of development for your baby. This article will describe the appropriate developmental stages of a child’s early life.
Child growth speed signs
As I mentioned, there are some signs that can help parents decide whether their child’s development is progressing at the right rate or not. However, it is not always necessary for the child to reach each stage at the exact age, as all children develop at their own pace and will grow according to their own time frame. If you are concerned that your child has developmental problems, you can use these signs as a guide, but not as a definitive resource. Always seek the advice of a doctor who knows and understands your baby’s specific problems.
1. Head and neck control
Babies may lift their heads for a few moments while on their tummy in their first few months. Better control of the head and neck strength may be noticed when the baby is two to three months old. By the end of the third month, a baby should be able to hold his head firmer for a little longer and be able to lift his head at a 45 to 90 degree angle. If you notice that the child cannot lift his head or hold it steady for a while, the problem should be addressed immediately.
2. Body control
Like head control, body control is also important and by the end of four months the baby should be able to bear weight on his feet. Limp and stiff arms and legs are an indication that something might be wrong and that medical attention is needed.
3. Socialize and “babble”
At the end of the three-month period, great development can be noticed and the babies begin to socialize. They smile and laugh with little sounds, and by the fourth month they should be “babbling.” This can be considered a normal growth rate. By now they should have developed the skill of reconnaissance. Babies tend to laugh when they hear or see a familiar voice or face. If none of these are seen at the end of six months, it is cause for concern and consultation with a pediatrician is necessary.
4. Early communication
By the time the child is one year old, he should have learned a few syllables and words, but only used them erratically. Some of these words must be used to refer to parents; “mama” or “slime” usually. You should be able to understand simple instructions.
Babies first develop the ability to communicate their needs through crying. Language skills should start to take shape at the end of the first year. If a child cannot speak at 16 months, he shows a regression in the development of language skills. Again, see a speech pathologist who specializes in children or a pediatrician.
5. Motor skills
Motor skills are some of the most important signs that show a child’s developmental progress. Normally, a child should start rolling between three and six months. Between five and seven months, a baby should begin to sit up and crawl, and walking with assistance begins at eight months. They begin to walk alone between 10 and 17 months. Be careful if your baby is not meeting these milestones and see the appropriate doctors.
Again, all milestones listed in this article are for reference use only. All babies develop at their own pace, and this information should be used to measure your baby’s rate of development, not as a general and definitive statement. If you have any questions about your baby’s development, consult a trusted pediatrician.