Track your baby’s milestones ― Movement

From “just lying there” to crawling and jumping, discover how your tiny action hero should be performing…

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0 to 6 months

* Your newborn uses his body’s movements to connect with you. For instance, when he hears your voice, he’ll turn his head towards you.

* Give him plenty of tummy time. Initially, he may struggle to lift his head, but as his neck and upper body strength improve, he’ll be able to lift his head while on his belly and use his arms to prop himself up.

* By the third month, he’ll be stretching and kicking his legs, which will strengthen his leg muscles. He’ll also do this when he’s excited, maybe when he’s trying to tell you to keep singing to him!

* Though bubba can grasp in reflex from birth, he’ll be able to open and shut his hands at will at around 3 months. This lets him shake a rattle or a toy, or drop it when he’s lost interest.

 

Offer her action-oriented playthings, like balls and pull-along toys.

 

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6 to 12 months

* By about 6 months, your tyke can probably flip over, as well as sit up. To encourage her, wiggle a toy next to the side she usually rolls to, or get down on the floor with her, so that she’ll roll towards you.

* To get around independently, she’ll start to crawl by learning to balance on her hands and knees. She’ll also figure out how to push off with her knees to move forward and backward.

* This is a good time to promote your sweetie’s fine motor skills, especially if she’s starting to snatch food off your plate. Place four or five pieces of finger food onto her high-chair tray, so that she can practise bringing it to her mouth.

* As her abilities develop, engage her in more physical activities like dancing and clapping along to music, or pretending to waddle like a duck. Offer her action-oriented playthings, like balls and pull-along toys.

She’ll be taking her first step all too soon… read on!