Rearing your baby’s motor skills development

Rearing your baby’s motor skills development

One of the joys of being a parent is watching your baby growand reach the developmental milestones The family takes pride every time a baby learns a new skill or two and the joy is multiplied when baby is able to do it way ahead of his peers Parents need not worry much if the milestones are not reached on time as every baby develops differently There are ways to encourage motor skills development as sometimes the baby needs a little help figuring out the mechanics of the movements he needs to learn

Take note that motor development happens in sequence, starting from the head to the arms then to the foot And from the torso to the fingers and toes, which is referred toas fine motor skills Head control is the first noticeable milestone in terms of motor skills And this happens when baby is about 3 months At this stage you’ll see your baby struggling to keep his head up and even his chest off the floor when on his tummy Your baby will keep doing mini push-ups until his neck muscles strengthen And by 7 months, he’ll be able to hold his head up longerTherefore, giving baby time to practice regularly by placing him on the bed or the floor will be helpful Also encourage the baby to lift his head by dangling a colorful toy a little above his line of sight

With good head control, the baby will obviously be more keen on his surroundings Your baby will eventually try to reach and grasp objects by the 8th month with their thumb and fore finger So watch out as baby will start picking up small objects including bits of food and dust At this time,or even earlier you can encourage this eye-hand coordination by giving baby opportunities to bat objects over his head while lying down There are many gym systems available in the market for this purpose Or if possible and safe,lower down the mobile attached to his crib so baby can reach and swipe themThis is also the best time to use a rattle to attract your baby with the sounds and teach baby to hold and shake it Be watchful as baby might hit his headwith the rattle Guide his hand and fingers to teach baby how to hold firmly

Babies learn to roll over at about 5 months but often in just one direction This is an exciting moment for most parents as it is just adorable to watch baby doing it repeatedly Once baby learns to do this, be wary of leaving him on the bed unsupervised as he may roll over the edge Give lots of praise and encouragement and plenty of space for baby to practice this rolling technique Place attractive or toys  that makesounds beside or behind her to encourage baby to turn her body over

Learning to sit is next and you can let baby be familiar with the sensation of sitting by placing the baby on your lap as you sit with your legs crossed, providing support to baby’s back with your chest

Soon your baby will learn to do the locomotion when they begin to prop themselves up on their hands and knees Crawling happens between 8 and 13 months and may start with some wiggling, dragging and rolling Be patient and let baby learn to do the true crawl at his own pace You can try doing the crawl game with baby by showing him how to crawl and follow you or go towards a favorite toy It will also be fun to create an obstacle course for baby to crawl under or around 

Cruising through the milestones need not be a stressful experience for baby and the family Let baby reach his milestones at his own pace and avoid pushing them too hard  If you are worried that your baby is not developing his motor skills on time, consult your doctor for advice  Always try to make the first year of your baby fun, enjoyable and delightful to make your baby feel encouraged and confident in trying his best

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