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6 Major Milestones to Look Forward to as your Little One Grows

Feb 14, 2020

Milestones

Your little one is destined to grow up in the blink of an eye. It will bring you tears while filling your heart with an abundant amount of joy. In the process, you’ll watch them achieve incredible feats, big and small. As their parent, you’ll be brimming with pride, knowing that you enjoyed each moment of your kiddo reaching major milestones. We’ve highlighted some of the most popular and joyous moments. You’ll know just when and what to expect from the crowning achievements made by your little tyke.

Smiling & Eye Contact

Who doesn’t simply love seeing their little one looking into their eyes bursting with joy? Parents want to know that their child is content and happy, and these facial cues are essential in knowing that. The first smile and noticeable eye contact occur around 2 to 3 months of age. Keep in mind that all children are a little different when they hit milestones. Some may fall slightly above or below the ranges. Also, premature babies are on a different timeline than those not born prematurely. Be sure to adjust the time accordingly.

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Tummy Time Milestones

We love tummy time for so many reasons. This is the ideal beginners’ workout for your little one. It can even start on day one when your baby is welcomed home from the hospital. Tummy time is the perfect way for your baby to strengthen their neck, back, and core muscles. It’s also time where you can notice your kiddo improving day-by-day.

At around 1 – 2 months of age, your child will begin practicing with moving and tilting their head at tummy time. As time progresses, they’ll be able to use their arms more and more and eventually be capable of lifting their head and pushing up on their hands. At about 6 months, they should be able to grab their favorite toys and have some fun rolling over from tummy to back. Tummy time will become one of your kiddo’s favorite activities at this age.

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Sitting Up

Sitting up demands necessary strength from the core, and we can say from experience that the core is essential for everyday movement long-term. When your child sits up for the first time, it will be around 4 to 6 months of age. At this time, they’ll be using their hands to support themselves, but you’ll know that they are growing stronger and stronger. By around 7 – 9 months, you can expect to see your child taking off to greater heights by sitting without the help of their hands.

Watch out for sitting difficulties such as rounding the back, inability to lift the head, or having stiff legs. A physical therapist will be able to tell if there is anything of concern, but always be sure to take the first step in addressing concerns with your provider. We’re here to make movement fun and easy.

Sitting Up

Crawling

A baby on the cruise could mean trouble, but under your caring and watchful eye, crawling becomes a truly momentous experience. A child will begin their journey by crawling around 7 – 9 months of age. Providing plenty of space, scheduling in tummy time, and placing a toy a little out of reach will help encourage your baby to make this big move.

Walking

Step, one-two-three-four! Walking is such a huge accomplishment for your little one. They will quickly fall in love with using their legs in this manner and will find it entertaining to walk over to you as much as possible. They’re your biggest fan!

Walking appears around 13 – 18 months. As we mentioned, every child is a little different when they are able to make this achievement possible. During this stage, be on the lookout as well for toe walking, difficulty standing, frequent falling, or simply being unable to walk. Walking is certainly a feat to celebrate. One small step is actually a giant leap for your baby.

Talking

A talking machine actually does exist, and it’s probably your child discovering their world of words. Kids love talking and interacting with you and others around them. At any age, it’s critical to surround your child with opportunities to utilize language. Read to them. Talk to them. Sing to them. There are so many ways to work language into your day.

When a child starts to experiment with babbling and make consonant sounds (da-da), you’ll likely see this appear around 4 – 6 months of age. They’ll continue to experiment with sounds up until their first word which will appear around age 1. Your child will expand and grow their vocabulary, perhaps at an alarming rate. Between 13 – 18 months, your little talking toddler will know about 5-10 words and will be able to repeat words that they’ve heard. In other words, there’ll never be a dull moment.

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Does your kiddo have any trouble in achieving any of these milestones? Reach out to us. We’re here to help however we can.

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