Babies go through many stages of physical development in their first year of life. They learn to roll over, lift their head, crawl, stand, and walk. These are important milestones that show how your baby is growing and learning new skills. Here is a brief overview of each milestone and when to expect it.
Rolling over is one of the first movements your baby will do on their own. It involves using their neck, back, and abdominal muscles to turn from their back to their stomach or vice versa. Rolling over can happen as early as 3 months, but most babies do it between 4 and 6 months. Rolling over helps your baby explore their surroundings and prepare for crawling.
Lifting the head is a sign of good head control, which is essential for your baby’s development. Your baby will start to lift their head when lying on their stomach from around 2 months. They will gradually be able to hold their head up for longer periods and look around. Lifting the head strengthens the neck and upper body muscles and helps your baby balance.
Crawling is a major milestone that allows your baby to move around independently. It also helps develop their coordination, strength, and cognitive skills. Crawling can take different forms, such as scooting, creeping, or army crawling. Most babies start to crawl between 6 and 10 months, but some may skip this stage and go straight to walking.
Standing is another important step towards walking. It requires your baby to use their legs, feet, and core muscles to support their weight. Your baby will first learn to stand with your help or by holding on to furniture. This usually happens between 9 and 12 months. Eventually, they will be able to stand without any support and balance on their own.
Walking is the final milestone in your baby’s first year of physical development. It is a complex skill that involves coordination, balance, strength, and confidence. Your baby will first take a few steps while holding your hand or a piece of furniture. This can happen anytime between 8 and 18 months. Once they master this, they will be able to walk on their own without any assistance.
These milestones are approximate and may vary from one baby to another. Some babies may reach them earlier or later than others, and that’s okay. The most important thing is to encourage your baby’s development by providing them with a safe and stimulating environment, playing with them, and praising their efforts. For more information on Early Childhood Development check out our blog at Triangle Learning Center.