From the moment you bring your baby home, you’re spending almost every precious moment with her. And even though it seems as if all she does is eat, sleep, and poop, changes are happening.
Here are some major motor development milestones — movements that use large muscle groups — and ways you can support your baby on her way to her next breakthrough.
One of the earlier motor development milestones is reaching. Your little one will probably begin working on this between 4 and 7 months of age. In this time frame, you may see her reach for things with one hand and learn how to pass things between hands.
Many babies are able to sit with support at around 6 months of age, and may soon move on to sitting without support. (Some babies take longer — don’t be alarmed if your baby needs a little more time to master this.)
Crawling often happens between 7 and 10 months. Your little cruiser may have a unique style — a crab-style crawl, for instance.
At around 9 to 11 months, your baby may pull himself up to stand. At first, he’ll only stay on his feet for a few seconds, holding onto something for support, before plopping down on his bottom. Gradually, he’ll improve his muscle strength, balance, and coordination until he’s able to stand unsupported.
Reaching milestones is an important part of a baby’s life. It’s in these early months that your baby develops the crucial skills and motions needed to master the later, complex skills of walking and running, jumping and climbing. Encourage and help your baby throughout by challenging him to do a little bit more each day – he’ll be walking and running before you know it!