Tracking Your Baby’s Growth and Development
Seeing your baby develop and grow into a curious and bright child is one of the most rewarding aspects of parenthood. Everything you do with your child influences their development, from silly games to reading to dancing along to music. You can keep track of your baby’s big milestones through photographs, a journal, online app, etc. If you have any questions about your child’s development, make sure to bring them up at your next doctor’s appointment.
Here are some big milestones you can keep track of and the average timeline when they occur:
- 1.5 – 3 months: Baby’s first smile
- 3 – 4 months: Baby’s first laughs
- 4 – 7 months: Baby first attempts at sitting up
- 6 months: Baby’s first introduction to solid foods
- 7 – 10 months: Baby’s first crawl
- 9 months: Baby’s first hand gestures
- 11 – 14 months: Baby’s first words
- 9-16 months: Baby’s first steps
It’s important to note that all children develop at their own pace so they may be ahead or behind the average range, but it can still be considered normal. Don’t worry if your child strays a little from the average timeline, but if your child is significantly delayed it should be brought up to your doctor right away.
Parents can also help with their baby’s development in a number of ways. Starting from when your baby is born, you can put baby on his/her stomach to promote tummy time, which helps develop the muscles and allows baby to explore his/her surroundings. Parents can also encourage baby’s motor skills development by giving baby textured toys to play with as well as other sensory toys. Encourage language skills through talking, reading, music, and naming objects so your child can learn new words.
Written by Dr. Nina Farzin, Inventor of oogiebear
Nina is a wife, mother and career professional who never intended to start her own business. When her children were newborns, she ached to ease the discomfort from dry, stubborn, crusty mucus (boogers)! As a doctor, she knew there were no safe solutions on the market to help her kids, so she invented oogiebear, a revolutionary booger removal tool that helps babies breathe easier.
Nina graduated Howard University where she earned her doctorate in Pharmacy (R.Ph, Pharm.D). She is a Registered Pharmacist in Washington DC, Maryland and New York. Nina and her family are fitness enthusiasts who enjoy outdoor activities and healthy eating.
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Note: This blog post is intended for informational purposes only and not to give professional medical advice. Please consult your doctor about any questions you may have regarding your child’s health and before following any of the suggestions in this post.