Every day after the birth of your child is a new and exciting adventure. As you enjoy your baby’s stages of growth, there is certain information that is essential to know as reassurance that your baby is on the right track of development.
We all know that there are vast differences between children and that each child develops skills and behaviors at different times. A baby will still be considered normal as long as the timing of a developmental event is within a specific range and knowing some basic information about what to look for at different ages will give you confidence that everything is moving along as it should. This knowledge will also spare you needless worry when your best friend’s baby lifts his head two weeks earlier than your baby decides to do the same.
At the same time, information like that on the charts below will enable parents to tune into any developmental delays at an early stage, perhaps allowing medical or psychological intervention earlier to prevent a minor problem from becoming a major one.
All babies are born alone. Interaction is key.
Development is how babies slowly start interacting with their surrounding environment after they are born. We as parents must provide a stimulating environment filled with love and caring to enable a child to develop to their fullest capacity.
This weeks blog will deal with the first four months of life. After reviewing some of the categories in the chart below, a new mother should be able to answer the following questions.
- When should my baby be able sit with support?
- When should my baby be able to roll over front to back? back to front?
- When should my baby be able to support his own weight when lifted?
- When should my baby be able to completely lift his head 90 degrees from lying flat?
- When should my baby be able to follow an object from one side to the next?
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.
Next weeks blog will review age 4 months to 8 months of age.