The Science Behind Your Newborn Baby's Development
Most parents wait anxiously to see how their baby will develop both cognitively and physically. Although it's important to celebrate and enjoy each developmental milestone, watching your baby develop can be stressful and worrying. There are certain factors which signal a healthy and proper level of development of your baby in relation to its age. This article will outline the proper development stages of a child's early life.
Child growth speed signs
As I mentioned before, there are a few signs which can help parents to decide if their child development is progressing in the right speed or not. Just remember, it is not always necessary that the child reaches the exact stage at the specific time as all children develop at their own pace and will grow according to their own time frame. If you are worried that your child has developmental issues, you can use these signs as a guideline, but not a definitive resource. Always seek professional advice from a doctor who knows and understands the issues specific to your baby.
Head and Neck Control
Babies can lift up their heads for a few moments while on their tummies in their first months. Better head control and neck strength should be noticeable by the time the baby is two to three months old. By the end of third month, a baby should be able to hold its head steady for a little bit longer and be able to tilt its head at 45 to 90-degree angle. If you notice that the child is not able to lift their head or hold it stable for a while then the issue should be addressed immediately.
Just like head control, body control is also important, and by the end of four months, the baby should be able to bear weight on its feet. Limp, stiff arms and legs are an indication that something could be wrong and medical attention is necessary.
Socializing and "Babbling"
By the end of three months period, a lot of development can be noticed, and babies start to socialize. They smile, and laugh with little sounds, and by the fourth month they should be "babbling". This is considered a normal rate of growth. By now they should have developed the skill of recognition. Babies tend to laugh when they hear or see familiar voice or face. If none of these is seen by the end of six months, it is a cause of concern and consulting a pediatrician becomes necessary.
By the time the child is one year old he or she should have picked up few syllables and words that they use sporadically. Some of these words should be used to refer to parents; "mama" or "dada" usually. He or she should be able to understand simple instructions.
Babies first develop their communication skills by crying. Language skills should start to take shape by the end of the first year. If a child is unable to speak at 16 months old, it shows regression in language skill development. Again, consult a speech pathologist with a specialty in children or a pediatrician.
Motor skills are some of the most important signs that show the developmental progress of the child. Typically, a child should begin to roll between three and six months. Between five and seven months, a baby should begin to sit and crawl, and walking with assistance starts by eight months. They start to walk on their own between 10 to 17 months. Be cautious if your baby is not achieving these milestones and consult appropriate doctor