What do you understand by Baby Physical Development? Actual, when we talk about Baby Physical Development, we want to give emphasis on her sequence of development from Rolling to Walking. Good physical development means that your baby is healthy and going on the right track.
In case, you notice that your Baby is lacking behind or not developing the way other Babies are, then there is a question of little worry. But, don’t get scared as, many babies are lazy ones and they slowly & slowly move towards their Physical Milestone.
But for Parents, it’s very important to keep an eye on your Baby Physical Development, because it’s the only way you can track your Baby Growth & Development.
5 Stages of Baby Journey to Physical Development
1st Stage: Head Control
Head Control is the first thing, which the baby learns. It helps him in getting control over his neck, back & tummy plus in developing the strength & muscles. Around 2 months, your baby will start putting his Head in Up Position and start controlling it.
It will be fun to see that your baby starts moving his head from left to right just to watch her mother moving in the room. You will notice the cute smile on your baby’s face when she does this, as now she has started enjoying her freedom.
How to Help your Baby to Control Her Head:
You can put your baby on her tummy and hang some toys in front of her at medium height. Tell her to see up and let her take her own time to see up so that she can slowly start learning how to control her head. But don’t overdo it; otherwise, it will give pain in Baby Neck.
You can repeat the same process 4 to 5 times in One Full Day so that she gets enough time to learn it.
2nd Stage: Rolling
Around 3 to 4 months, your baby will start to roll her body to one particular side. She will keep trying to roll at one side, till she hit the target. Once, your baby will learn to roll one side she will not take more time to roll from right to left.
By 4 to 5 months old, she will be easily able to roll on her tummy onto the back. It’s very important for babies to have good tummy time so that her bones and muscle get tighten.
In case your baby is taking more time, encourage your baby to do more rolling. You can help her a little bit and after you roll her, try to put her in the same position for a longer time.
How to Help your Baby to Roll:
Buy One Round Pillow; keep your baby on his tummy and her half body on the pillow. Put her hands and head on the round pillow in a forwarding position.
Ask your baby to roll forward with the help on the pillow. You can also help her, push her body from back to show her, how to roll forward. This will help your baby to learn how to do Head Control and Rolling.
Just remember that don’t put the round pillow on the floor, always keep the pillow on your bed and ask a baby to roll through the pillow.
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3rd Stage: Sitting
After crossing her two milestones, now she will be eager to learn more. The next step she will make is to learn how to sit in upright position Around 5 months, your baby will have developed good control over his head and start rolling. Now, she must have started reaching and grasping the toys.
Now, it’s time for her to learn how to sit independently. Six is the right month for the baby to sit independently. Parents should never force their babies to sit before time, as it has many side effects. Read our article on the side effects of baby forceful spitting up and it will create problems in their proper Physical Development.
How to Help your Baby to Sit:
Teach her to put pressure on her hands and try to uplift her body to reach the sitting position. Try to teach them to put pressure on both the hands and then try to uplift the body, at this time parents can give also give their little help. You can put the pillows behind the Baby to give her back support.
4th Stage: Crawling
As soon as, babies learn how to sit independently, the next step they take is towards crawling. It has been seen that many parents don’t give importance to Baby Crawling. Once the baby starts crawling they encourage their child to start walking. It’s totally wrong, baby needs the crawl more before walking.
It’s very important for baby knees and bones to get good strength. The more your baby will crawl, the more strong legs she will get. Strong Body and legs are important for Good Physical Development & Growth.
Generally, around 8 to 9 Months, many babies start crawling on floors. If the baby doesn’t crawl till 12 months, then it’s an issue to discuss with your doctor. As by this age, few babies start walking.
How to Help your Baby to Crawl:
A most simple way is to put your baby on her tummy and keep her favorite toys in front of her. Encourage your baby to reach or touch the toys, placed in front of her.
Another way is when she is in the sitting position; ask her to come to mama or papa. Encourage her by making different sounds to reach for arms or hands. It will just take one step for your baby to learn to crawl. As she takes her first crawling step, she will understand the science behind it and get the confidence to crawl.
Once your baby starts crawling, it’s important for parents to maintain home hygiene and take safety precautions.
5th Stage: Walking
Now, your baby is big enough and around 11 to 14 months, she should start standing on her feet with the help of walls and start exploring the art of walking. Babies, who spend more time crawling, take time to start walking. There is nothing to worry about, they will automatically adapt the sequences or patterns.
But, yes, if your baby does not start walking till 18 to 20 months, then please discuss the matter with your doctor. Maybe she is finding it difficult to reach her Physical Development Milestone properly.
How to Help your Baby to Walk:
You can buy the walker of any good brands, but do you know that experts do not advise to use the walker. The reason behind is safety issues, as in the past there have been many cases of babies getting hurt from fall down from walker.
When your baby is in standing position, ask your child to take one footstep forward while taking the support from the wall or furniture. Tell them to move one leg at one time and keep moving forward. By taking support from furniture or wall, they will learn to take a walk.
Another way is to put your hands under the baby arms and to try to keep them on their feet in standing position, and slowly walk them in front. Take a small round in your home and spend at least 10 minutes. Just don’t overdo it in starting, you can repeat this twice or thrice in the first few days and later you can increase the time.