Hey there! We are glad to have to you here. After covering the physical, cognitive and emotional aspects of your baby’s growth, it’s time to move on to the last part of the growth series i.e the motor skills development of your baby.
Being a parent is a beautiful job. It is probably the only job in which you want time to slow down instead of flying by. You take things one day at a time and in the blink of an eye, a year passes you by. Your child is already moving his cute tiny hands, intertwining his little fingers, staring at your face with his doe eyes, laughing with his cheeks all puffed up and a million other things. All you can do is look in awe and amazement at your wonderful bundle of joy.
However, the more you know about the motor skills of your baby, the better you’ll be able to help him grow and develop in his actions, movements, and gestures. This is where we step in with a comprehensive list of motor skills that your baby is expected to do at the certain intervals till his first birthday.
Note: These are just approximate time intervals in which your baby is supposed to develop motor skills. However, there is no hard and fast rule that your child has to do these actions and gestures. As long as there is slow and steady progress, all is well!
Let’s get started:
- Learns to stare and smile back.
- Notices his own hand and feet movements.
- Tries to lift head while lying on the belly.
- Tries to hold things.
- Wraps hand around other’s fingers.
- Learns to sit for short periods of time with support.
- Pushes himself up while on his belly.
- Able to hold his head up steadily.
- Moves hands and feet very frequently.
- Observes his actions and other objects around him.
- Reaches out for toys and familiar faces.
- Recognizes people.
- Able to roll on the stomach to back with ease.
- Tries to hold objects like a bottle, rattle, etc.
- Chases toys.
- Can sit without any help for short time intervals.
- Tries to crawl.
- Tries to stand with the help of his arms and knees.
- Can properly hold things and walk with them.
- Can crawl quickly.
- Gets a tight grip on objects.
explores objects by waving, shaking, twisting, turning, squeezing, poking and even put them in his mouth
- Able to stand without support.
- Tries to use his fingers and thumb independently for activities like turning pages, eating food, etc.
So many movements, actions, and gestures and every one is an absolute treat to the eyes. We hope that you have a great time witnessing your little cutie grow up a little with each passing day.
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