Besides weight development, another primary concern for all mothers in the moving development.
When will you finally turn around?
When are you climbing?
When will you finally walk?
And of course, there’s always a kid next door floating in front of our eyes who has been walking for a long time, while ours is still just willing to climb.
Movement Development: Everything in its time…
Yet, the development of movement is not a fast train, and we should not be impatient or force any type of movement that the baby is not yet ready for!
The average baby at 6 months doesn’t “want” to stand yet.
Most of them kick themselves to a standing position, but the actual job date should come when they are already sitting securely.
Otherwise, if they fall from a standing position, they will lean to the side instead of bouncing on their buttocks.
Baby Movement Development During The First Year
At 1 month: The baby turns his head to light or sound for 1-2 seconds.
At 2 months: He can follow the movements with his eyes and grab small, lightweight objects. He can hold your hand to pull him up from a reclining position.
At 3 months, He can lift his head lying on his stomach, grab objects voluntarily, or consciously reach out for them.
If he cannot catch the object, you gave him, wait another 1-2 weeks and try again. If he cannot do it even after four months, you can consult his doctor to stay on the safe side.
At 4 months: He can turn from side to side. Reach for items around.
Bigger, chubby babies and lazy ones don’t turn around yet at this age. It’s also common for a baby to make a turn or turn sideways only once and then not do it for weeks or months.
At 5 months old: He can play with his toys with more complex, determined moves. He can sit up, raise his head high while doing tummy time and lean his hand left and right.
At 6 months: It is time for the first significant relocation movements at this age. Most babies turn from back to back and back to stomach, gnawing on their toes and practicing their first crawling movements.
It is common for babies to crawl at the beginning, only backward or around, but they can move in commando style after a few weeks of practice.
Instead of crawling, some kids develop the science of turning sideways to a professional level and roll, while others switch to practicing climbing right after their first crawl.
At the age of 7 months: He can sit alone, hold herself with his hands. Most babies just crawl around or roll; the more active ones can already move forward.
Some babies can push themselves into a four-legged position, but only very skillful babies start climbing at this age.
At 8 months old: He can crawl while more active babies start to climb. He can sit up in his hand.
If he hasn’t climbed at this age but can already relocate, crawl, or roll, don’t worry; the climbing era will come in time.
At the age of 9 months: At this age, at the latest, he starts to crawl; the faster-developing babies are already crawling and getting up. If he does not begin crawling by the end of the month, we highly recommend you consult his doctor.
At the age of 10 months: He gradually starts to climb out of the crawl, then gets up on his own. If you do not start climbing by the end of the month, ask your doctor for help.
At the age of 11 months: Sometimes he stops for a few seconds without a handrail, but he can stand alone at around the age of 1 year or later.
He can walk sideways along with the furniture, go downstairs on all fours, and climb off the couch regularly with his back if we teach him.
Seeing the first steps taken by holding on, many parents will start to rejoice and teach the little one to walk by hand, but this is entirely unnecessary.
Your baby will learn to walk on his own when the time comes. Babies, of course, enjoy this kind of activity, but it is entirely unnecessary to teach him walking; the experiences they gain on their own are much more valuable.
At 12 months of age: Most babies already figure out how to get up without a handrail, and the ready ones can start alone, but this only happens around 12 months old for most babies.
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At 13 months of age: The baby’s footsteps are tiny and precarious, trying to keep balance with his hands.
The experiences of the new type of movement affect him and he would like to practice it all day long.
You may find that he suddenly does not feel like eating or playing and just wants to walk around the house, room by room.
Walking starts at a different time for each baby.. No need to compare your little one to any other kid who lives around!
The first independent steps can take up to 18 months; consult a specialist if he still does not walk!
Written By: Dema JS
Founder of newbabysmell.com and a mother of two little kids. Dema had her MBA from St. John’s University- NYC in dual concentrations: Executive Management and Marketing Management.