Child Development in Their First 24 Months
We all love watching our kids grow. Tracking our children’s physical development certainly matters a lot; this is especially true not only for parents but also our children’s doctors, who make use of the minutiae involved to measure our kids’ overall health. Now the most interesting part is the physical development in babies and toddlers. In their first 24 months, children grow a whole lot more than they ever will, barring rare growth conditions, later in life.The rate of development among children vary, and there are sometimes delays to watch out for; while minor delays are trivial, the more noticeable ones are often signs of an underlying problem.
Indeed, physical development is representative of a child’s health. Now is your child experiencing healthy growth in this regard? Well, if you are unsure, below is a quick run-down on how children normally develop at certain points of their lives within their first 24 months. You can use it as a guide to compare with your child’s development.
Months 0 to 3
During the very first three months in their life, a child is mostly unable to move around on their own without assistance. They are still, however, able to reach out for objects in front of them, and by their third month, they will be able to grab items and instinctively put them into their mouths. They can also support their weight on their arms and be able to lift their heads to look around.
Months 4 to 7
By four to seven months, infants will be able to learn how to roll over on their own, and even make attempts to move on fours by crawling – some of them actually succeed in doing so. In any case, by this age, they will be able to stand on all fours, and while crawling is often impossible for them, they can still scurry across the floor through various means. They may also learn how to sit and, having learned to put things into their mouths a few months ago, may also try to feed on their own.
Months 8 to 12
An infant’s dexterity with their fingers will see significant development between eight to twelve months. By then, they will be able to pincher grip and can learn to feed on their own through their fingers. There will also be major improvements with their crawling skills, and at this age, most infants are able to stand by themselves for a few seconds. Some may even make attempts at walking! Of course, the best that they can muster at this point is but a few unassisted steps.
Some 12-month old babies may attempt walking.
Months 13 to 18
Once your child hits 13 months old, they will be referred to as toddlers. This period of their life is a major milestone, as between this age and 18 months, they will be able to master the use of their legs and walk on their own. Some children are able to conquer this skill by the time they reach 13 months, while some may take a few more months to learn to walk unassisted. Also, during this six-month period, most children can point to specific body parts and make their first drawing.
Months 19 to 24
A toddler’s motor skills are significantly developed between 19 and 24 months of age. Most children in this age range now have the skills necessary to dress up and undress themselves, although the latter tend to happen more often. They should also be able to learn to jump before they celebrate their second birthday in the 24th month. This is a good age to start potty training them as well, although do not expect them to master it until after they are three years old.
Was your infant or toddler’s physical development delayed? Well, you are not alone in this matter; google up “physical development in infants” and you will see that there are many other people who have experienced and overcome similar problems with their children’s development and are willing to share some tips that you can certainly use.
In any case, you should pay your pediatrician a visit in this regard. They can personally look into the problem and provide you with the best advice that will help you ensure that your child grows up healthily and be able to catch up with their fast-growing peers.