Over the years I have learnt a lot about child development from studying it but also learning through the vast number of children I have worked with. I just want to start this off with every child is different, every child develops at different speeds and in different ways. Let’s face it, if we were all the same this world we live in would be a boring place, right? All information in this blog is from educational books, classes I have attended and supplies I have learnt from over the years but also the opinion of myself, please consider this when reading through my article.
Take a look through your baby’s eyes:
Imagine what it’s like for a new baby coming into this beautiful world, it must be a little scary. There’s new sounds, there’s new smells, it can be a little overwhelming. At the beginning, your baby does not understand what is happening to them, or who is feeding them or why they are happy when they are being fed. Something I find very interesting and the most important thing to understand is that your newborn baby does not have any understanding of being a separate person. But over time they will learn and recognize the person who feeds them. They will also start to recognize the smell of them to, and even from birth they will start to communicate with the people around them, and they will let you know when they are hungry, tired or uncomfortable.
Some child development motor milestones you will see between the ages of 0-3 months are; able to bring hands to their mouth, able to move fists from closed to open, moving legs and arms off a surface, and the closer to the 3 month mark they will start to be able to push up on arms, and lifts and holds head up whilst laying on their tummy. Some of the communication milestones would be, making eye contact, coos and smiles, turns head towards sound or voice and shows interest in faces. Sensory milestones you may see developing would be, can keep head centered to watch faces or toys whilst laying on their back, they will enjoy a variety of movements. Also they may attempt to reach for a toy held above their chest whilst laying on their back and able to calm with rocking, touching and gentle sounds.
Some fun and exciting milestones to watch for would be, that by around 3 months your baby may be gurgling and laughing, and by around 8 weeks your baby will listen to what you say and may make noises back as they ‘talk’ to you.
It’s important to note that these child development milestones are from 0-3 months of age, and every baby is different, and some develop at different speeds then others, however if you have any concerns over your baby’s development it is best to contact your doctor.
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