Babies develop at the speed of light before you blinked, the helpless “newborn” will be running around the room in an attempt to pass the ball back to you. But while some parents enjoy every moment and every achievement of their baby, others constantly worry whether it is developing normally or not by comparing it with others.
Every baby is different and evolves differently, but most of the babies learn some specific skills at a similar age. These milestones often help pediatricians to follow the development of the baby.
Read what important milestones your baby needs to reach in his development before your baby is one year old, what is your role in that period and what signs should encourage you to go to a professional.
Here are the important moments that your baby needs to pass before the start of the tenth month of his life:
- Can easily turn around in both directions while lying down. Sometimes you will notice that he is doing this while sleeping;
- He can sit independently or with minimal assistance;
- He can crawl, drag himself and move, shifting the buttocks to reach a particular subject;
- Has a favorite toy;
- Look for the thrown toys;
- Has probably sprouted his first teeth already;
- He can keep the cubes in both hands;
- He may be attached to adult persons who he knows and be afraid of strangers.
Here is the important moments that your baby needs to pass before the first birthday candle blow:
- Has developed the tweezers grip , i.e. when he lifts small objects he catches them with his thumb and index finger or middle finger. This is an important capability that will allow him to feed himself;
- He can sit stably without assistance;
- Can crawl. Some babies completely skip this point in development;
- He can combine two cubes with one another;
- He can store toys in a box if you show him how to do it;
- Looks at the correct person or object when you say their name;
- He throws the toys, then searches for them on the place where they have fallen;
- Understands simple commands even when you say “no”;
- He can stand up on his own;
- Can stand a few seconds without holding on to anything;
- Can walk while holding on to furniture. (About half of the babies in this period make their first steps.);
- Points with his finger when an object is out of his reach, waves for “bye” or nods his head for “no”;
- Constantly repeats 2-3 words;
- Collaborates while you are dressing him;
- He can easily find hidden objects;
- Starts properly using some items. He knows that the comb is for grooming hair, the remote control for changing the programs and that the phone goes on the ear.
What is your role in the development of the baby during this period?
Although your little one will constantly keeping you on your feet, do not let fatigue prevent your learning through play.
Here’s what you can do for your little one in the next period:
- Constantly talk to him. This is a crucial time in the development of their language skills. Describing to him what you are doing while doing your daily tasks, habits and routines, or what you can see in front of you.
- Encourage him to repeat your words.
- Read to him every day. Even if you only have a few minutes a day, take a book in your hands, and put your baby on your side. Add to your reading things like making appropriate grimacing face and using different voices for different characters in the books.
- Keep books on places accessible by your baby. So he will be able to explore them when he wants to.
- Make the home a safe place to study. Put closures on the drawers, wall outlets, closets; Protect the sharp peaks or move them out of the playroom; remove chemicals and things that should not be near the children … Let only safe items to be at the reach of your child.
- Let him use all his senses while playing and exploring.
- Do not be afraid to say “no.” Although the baby at this time does not understand your instructions, you need to show him what is permitted and what is not permitted in this period. Replace the restricted activities with permitted activities.
- Always tell him “goodbye” before leaving. Instead of running out the door and hiding from your child so he does not start crying, Hold it, kiss it and always tell him “goodbye”. Your child will be more upset if he thinks that you’ve disappeared.
When to seek advice or assistance from an expert?
Talk with your child’s doctor if:
- He is not interested in crawling or if he is pulling one side of the body while he is crawling;
- He is not interested in the environment, nor is he trying to find things that you hide before him;
- Does not use any gestures (pointing fingers, shaking his head) to communicate with you;
- He cannot stand without assistance;
- Does not repeat syllables in an effort to form words like “mama” or “grandmother”;
- Refuses to establish eye contact.