Tracking Your Baby’s Milestones

Adding a new family member is an amazing journey full of joy and wonder that you will often never forget. One of the most important things you can do as a parent to help your children grow is to track their achievements. Everything they do, from their first smile to their first step, is a step forward in their development and growth.

Learn more about development milestones
What are the stages of development?

Most children have some skills or abilities by the time they reach a certain age. These are called developmental milestones. These developmental stages cover a wide range of areas, such as motor skills (the ability to move), cognitive skills (the ability to think and solve problems), social skills (the ability to get along with others), and language skills (the ability to talk to others).

Why tracking milestones is important
Monitoring your baby’s developmental stages is important for many reasons.

Identify growing problems early
By paying close attention to your baby’s developmental stages, you can detect any setbacks early. When developmental problems are caught early, they can be treated quickly, which can significantly improve a child’s outcomes.

Focus on progress and growth
Tracking your baby’s stages can provide you with useful information about how your baby is growing and developing. It lets you know if everything is going according to plan and allows you to resolve any issues immediately.

Things to follow in your first year
Your baby will grow and change rapidly during his first year of life. At each stage, keep the following important dates in mind:

From birth to 3 months
Lift your head briefly while lying on your stomach (about a month)
Respond to faces with a smile (approximately 6 weeks)
Follow things with your eyes (about two to three months)
four to six months
Moving from back to stomach and back again (about 4 to 6 months)
Sitting with assistance (about 4 to 6 months)
When they are about 4 to 6 months old, they start babbling and cooing.
7-9 months
Walking on all fours (about 7 to 9 months)
Can stand up independently (about 8-10 months)
Get their names (about 7 to 9 months)
Ten to twelve months
Taking your first steps (10 to 12 months)
Little words such as ‘mom’ and ‘dad’ (about 10 to 12 months)
Recognize things by hitting, shaking or throwing them (about 10 to 12 months)
How to track goals
There are many ways you can monitor your baby’s developmental stages.

Observation method
Spend time every day observing your baby’s behavior and interactions with others. Write down any new skills or behaviors so you can use them later.

Milestone list
To track your baby’s growth, use a milestone chart from your doctor or another reliable source. These lists show the normal stages of development at each age and can help you figure out where problems may arise.

Download the Milestones app
There are many smartphone apps that allow you to easily track your baby’s developmental stages. Often these apps have milestone timelines, customized alerts, and suggestions on how to help your baby grow and learn.

What should you do if you notice a delay?
It is important to act quickly if you notice significant delays or are concerned about your baby’s growth.

Ask your doctor for advice
Make an appointment to discuss your thoughts and concerns with your child’s doctor. Your child’s doctor can perform a thorough examination and recommend appropriate treatment, or refer you to a specialist if necessary.

Early emergency service
Infants and children who may have developmental problems or disabilities can receive immediate help through early intervention services. These services may include therapy, homework help, and home resources designed to help your child grow and be healthy.

Highlight important milestones
Make sure you celebrate your baby’s progress at every major turning point.

create memories
Take photos, film or write in a notebook to remember these special moments. You will love these memories for a long time and use them to remember your baby’s amazing journey.

get things done
Be there for your baby and encourage him or her as they reach each milestone. Respect their hard work and give them praise and words of support to boost their self-confidence and motivation.

 

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