Things change quickly in the baby biz and, after you read this blog, you will better understand why accurate developmental information can be so difficult to come by. Please feel free to post a comment about your own child’s development and how those skills compare to the infant development charts I have posted on this blog in the past few weeks. We would love to hear from you.
A leading journal entitled Developmental Medicine and Childhood Neurology published an article in 2008 entitled “Is my child developing normally?”: a critical review of web-based resources for parents. The aim of this article was to review all the websites that were readily available to parents on the web that pertain to early childhood development and assess their quality on reliability and accuracy. It was determined that after reviewing forty-four relevant websites, much of the information was incomplete and difficult to understand. There was a clear need to make a concise, informative, relevant resource for parents. The purpose of these charts the last three weeks has been to try and fulfill that need.
The final chart will summarize the ninth through the twelfth months. This is an important transition from baby to early childhood. The motor skills are perfected and impressive gains are also made in language and social interaction. Rivalry begins as babies infringe on the territory, possessions and attention of older siblings. Parental attention often has to involve not just physical safety but also emotional and social safety at this time. Jealousy and attention seeking as well as squabbling behaviors are occurring at this time which allow a child to develop social skills in protecting themselves and their possessions. The child needs to learn to work in a cooperative fashion with others. Learning these important life skills begins at this age, so clearly a balance needs to be achieved between too many constraints and too much freedom in both social and physical development.
Click this link to download a PDF file of the charts below that you can print. We have left space on the right side so that you can add your own developmental notes and photographs. Feel free to add the completed chart to your baby’s scrapbook to be enjoyed for years to come. Keeping a calendar or diary of some of these important landmarks can be special memory for a family and a record that a grown child will treasure forever.