Time really flies fast when it comes to your baby’s growth. Today you just welcomed him home, tomorrow he will be crawling, and then the first tooth arrived, then his first words, and the list just goes on. But, don’t you think that every “first” is special? And, should be preserved for life? We’re sure you would agree, but do not know how and what to record. So here we’ve compiled the basic yet the major milestones that are a must keepsake. And, why we should document them.
Recording the major milestones of a baby makes you relive and cherish the memories for life. But, there is another side to it too! Yes, it also helps you to detect any sort of delayed development in children – physical, language, social or emotional skills.
As babies progress in their development, it is always advisable to record the milestones in keepsake books or on video or audio.
Below is a general list of milestones that should be recorded for developmental analysis:
1.Social and Emotional Milestones
Parents often ignore the social and emotional development in children, unlike physical development. But, that is equally crucial as it is the stepping stone to learning to interact with people. Below are some of the major social and emotional milestones that must be recorded:
- Beginning to feed himself (9 months – 1 year)
- Smiling and laughing (3-6 months)
- Sucking the index finger (0-3 months)
- Facial Recognition (3-6 months)
- Imitating others (9 months to 1 year)
2. Physical Milestones
Parents can expect typical physical development during the first year. Some of the major ones are:
- Newborn is able to raise his head (3-6 months)
- Holding objects and hand-to-mouth coordination (6-12 months)
- Crawling (6-9 months)
- Walking alone without any support (1-2 years)
3. Communication Milestones
Infants develop speech by babbling at first. Then by repeating words to hear and relate to the spoken words. The major communication milestones being:
- Repeating sounds and babbles (3-6 months)
- Starts calling “Dada” or “Mama” (6-9 months)
- Trying to talk to self (9-12 months)
The primary objective to record these major milestones is to keep a tab of your kid’s achievements. If the baby is not developing as he should be, visit a doctor with your records. This would help identify in case of any problem.
As new parents, we should be excited to watch them grow and cherish each moment.
But, mostly we end up closely watching and getting troubled if our baby has not shown any typical development by the standard time.
One must accept that every child is unique and has its own growth pattern. Some may be faster and some may take a bit of time to reach that milestone. This is absolutely normal.
So encourage them, record every milestone and cherish the memories for lifetime.
Please share your views on the subject. We are looking forward to hear from you.