Seeing your baby grow and develop and reach the many milestones that babies reach is nothing short of a miracle. From that first smile that melts your heart to the first time, they grab your finger, from the first word they speak to their first steps. As a parent, it’s all so rewarding and you have so many precious moments to cherish forever.
But it can also be a bit daunting. As you look into your baby’s big, beautiful eyes, questions like “When should my baby start eating solids?” and “When should my baby be able to sit up by themselves?” start to creep into your mind. Simply being aware of the developmental milestones that your little one should be hitting can help to put your mind at ease.
Keep reading for helpful hints and tips on how you can educate yourself on baby development.
Baby Development Apps
These days there are apps for everything. From cooking to sewing to budgeting and beyond, a simple app can revolutionise our everyday world. The same is true about helping you to measure your child's development. Some apps even show you how to play with your baby the right way to improve development.
Certain apps show you detailed milestone information that will help you to play the right games at the appropriate age with your bundle of joy. Some even send you messages to explain what you can look forward to in the next month. This can help you to work on areas where your baby needs it most. The areas that most of the apps focus on are; fine motor, gross motor, speech, cognitive, self-care, social-emotional and sensory skills.
There are amazing online articles that can show you when your baby should be doing what. When you type in baby development in the search bar, within 0.51 seconds, millions of articles are delivered for you to enjoy. From ages and stages development to parenting tips on how to raise a smart child, to teaching kids self-discipline skills, it's all available right at your fingertips.
Mum And Dad Support Groups
If you like more of the human touch, join a support group. Here you will find people that have walked the walk and are not just talking the talk. Find a group that suits you and your husband or partner. You should feel relaxed in the group and be able to ask all kinds of questions. Not everyone uses the same techniques to raise their children so you will have many different methods to choose from.
Your doctor will be able to answer many of the questions you have. They have years of experience and will be able to give you expert advice. It would be wise to do some research before choosing a paediatrician. Ask family and friends. See how the doctor interacts with you and with your newborn. Check out the doctor's experience and credentials before you decide.
Take It One Day At A Time
There are vast amounts of resources for you to choose from but remember to relax a little when it comes to the development of your baby. And by that, I mean every person on earth is an individual. Just because your friend's baby is doing this and that and your baby isn't there yet, doesn't mean he/she won't get there.
Take an extreme example like Albert Einstein. He didn't speak until he was 4 years old which would be considered very late by developmental milestones and yet he discovered things about the universe that we still use today. Remember, life is not a race and everyone develops at their own unique speed.