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Baby Steps – Charting Your Child’s Growth and Development

Baby Steps – Charting Your Child’s Growth and Development

From Tiny Tot to Toddler
As mothers, the best part of motherhood is watching your child grow up. From their first smile to their first step and to their first word, these are the reasons that make motherhood such a special and magical experience. Here is a simple guideline for you to chart and measure your baby’s growth from 0-12 months:

0 - 2 Months

• Communicates with little grunts, sneezes and cries
• Vision is at about 8-12 inches
• Makes eye contact and learns to laugh
• Responds to smiles and voices
• Neck strengthens and can lift head

3 - 4 Months

• Recognises faces
• May begin teething
• Likely begin to push up on elbows
• Can begin to roll on belly

5 - 6 Months

• Begins to crawl and sit
• May be able to reach and grab things
• Imitates sounds such as dada, mama
• Recognises own name

Start introducing tummy time (lying on their stomach). If babies can lift their head, stimulate them with toys and mirrors to encourage stretching and eye-hand coordination.

Sing and read to your baby so they get used to the sound and tonality of voices. Stimulate their memory and interest by showing pictures of your family and playing Peek-A-Boo.

Talk to your baby in full sentences and describe things around them to help boost their language development. Stimulate them with rattle toys to learn cause and effect.

7 - 8 Months

• May start to support own weight on legs with supervision
• Tries to mimic adult sounds
• Learns to understand “No”
• Can differentiate familiar and unfamiliar faces
• May become shy or anxious around strangers

9 - 10 Months

• Imitates gestures
• Have better mobility with hands such as clapping
• May begin to express feelings, likes and/or dislikes

11 - 12 Months

• Can begin to walk on their own
• Understands simple commands
• Can help with dressing themselves
• Able to learn simple colours and numbers

Play “Hide-n-Seek” to encourage curiosity and boost cognitive development.

Stimulate development with stacking toys or puzzles, colour charts and nursery rhymes. Improve motor skills with baby gyms/obstacle courses.

Begin to teach them associations: “Baby, who is this?” “What colour is the sky?”

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