Stages of Child Development
Physical Milestones


A child's motor development and physical growth are often the most tracked changes in the early days and months of a child's life. In so many ways, they influence not only his well being but also your child's further development, physically and in other areas. During each stage of child development your baby, toddler or older child will focus on different activities and skills. Likewise your actions to support him will vary as well.



While physical development roughly follows a certain pattern in childhood, please also remember that every child is wonderfully unique. At which time a certain skill will be mastered depends on many factors like genetics, the temperament and interests of your child, how much he’s working on other areas of development, her environment and what inspires her from that and in the end also opportunities to try the things that interest her.

baby preparing for crawling, lifting upper body and resing on armsOn the other hand, if your child lacks very far behind the normal development, this can also be an indicator for a deficiency in another area. For example, children that have problems with their eye sight will also have problems developing their hand-eye-coordination.

So if you have any concerns, please see your doctor or trusted health professional.

Infant Motor Development
(birth to about 6 months)

During the first few months of his life your baby develops rapidly. There are so many things to learn: lifting and holding his head, controlling his eye movements, discovering hands and feet and fingers and toes, grasping and holding objects, learning to roll over, rocking on knees and hands or learning how to sit.

"Tummy time" is very important at that age, especially as nowadays most babies sleep on their backs to prevent SIDS. It strengthens your babies back and neck muscles and allows them to learn to crawl.

This article is about those first milesones of your child's development, physical avtivities that he's likely to enjoy and other ways to support your child.

Baby's Physical Development
(about 6 - 12 months)

Greater mobility is the main achievement of this step in your child's development. Physical milestones include: sitting unsupported, crawling, rolling front to back and back to front, standing up. Some children also do their first steps before they turn 1 year old.

She'll also develop her fine motor skills further, picking up smaller and smaller objects and transfering toys from one hand to the other.




comming soon:
physical development of toddlers, preschoolers and older children and ideas for supporting activities.

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