Having a baby is a beautiful journey. From the 40 weeks you carry them around till your little bundle of joy is in your arms. It’s a delight to watch them grow and graduate from crawling to walking independently. However, before achieving this important milestone of his life, your baby goes through various phases of development. These are called developmental milestones.
Although each baby grows in his own unique way at his own time, but there are guidelines about developmental milestones that every parent should know so that they can keep an eye on the warning signs in case of any delay in the milestones.
Achieving the milestones takes a lot of practice like every other thing. Your child might start doing something but it takes time to master the art.
Here is a little guide to help you identify those stages
Your little miracle starts to hold his neck in place at three months.
A month later, they start rolling to one or both sides
Soon after that, the undergo a prime change in posture and start sitting with support and then without one.
They start of crawling at about six month.
Gradually they start standing around nine months and ultimately start walking on their wobbly little legs at 11 months.
Remember that it is very difficult to determine that whether the delay is sign of a long term developmental issue leading to disability or the child will catch up and be typical in his development.
Keep an eye out for the signs
A baby or child can show signs of delayed development at any point of time. Any delay in the milestones can be due to a number of reasons including premature birth, birth asphyxia, delayed crying at birth, episodes of seizures, vitamin D deficiency or neurological deficits like cerebral palsy and down syndrome.
The key is to be vigilant. If you feel that your baby is lagging behind in any area, consult with your baby’s healthcare provider. With this knowledge you might help your baby overcome the delay with an early intervention and he will be perfectly normal.