What physical skills should your child be developing and when? What are appropriate games and activities you can play with your child to develop these new skills and encourage physical activity?
Watching your baby learn to roll, crawl, stand, walk, and run is an amazing process! With every age your child has a new task to learn and a physical challenge to overcome. As a parent, you can help your child grow into an active, healthy young person by encouraging these new physical skills by playing, walking, and exploring with your child.
These developmental milestones are a rough guide to your child’s physical development. Remember, each child grows differently and learns skills at a different rate, so if your child is not following these milestones exactly, don’t worry. However, if you think your child is lagging behind significantly, be sure to talk to your pediatrician. The suggested activities for you to play with your child at different ages are also simply suggestions. Some may not work for you and your child, and some children may be ready earlier or later for the recommended games and activities. The important part is that you spend time playing with your child. Let him be physically active while using the new skills and growing muscles of his body.
By 3-4 months
Your child brings his hands together, moves his head side to side, lifts his head and chest when lying on his stomach, follows moving objects or people, wiggles and kicks, and grasps fingers and toys.
What you can do: Gently move your baby’s arms and legs to encourage bending and stretching during bath time or play time. Avoid leaving your child in a baby swing, car seat or carrier for long periods of time except when he’s sleeping. This discourages his moving and learning to use his body and muscles. Let your child move around when he’s being supervised so that he can experiment with his body and use his muscles.
By 6 months
Your baby can hold his head up, roll from his back to his tummy, and is learning to sit up on his own. If supported he can stand up, and he’s learning to bang toys together and play with his fingers and toes.
What you can do Give your baby toys and fingers to hold onto, push, and pull. Play with his hands and feet and tickle him gently. Give him space to move around when he’s being watched. Help him stand up and learn to balance on his own legs.
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