1. First year foundations of baby development
What exactly does this mean?
By the time your baby gets to school age and learns to read, write and ride a bicycle, the skills required for these actually start when your baby is learning and mastering the developmental skills as a baby.
2. Critical first 3 years
3. Sequential brain development
The most frequent missed developmental milestone is crawling when baby goes straight into walking.
For your baby to master a developmental milestone such as crawling there are specific pre-requisite skills which need to be mastered first, hence the sequential order.
4. Developmental milestone charts
So when you read your baby should smile at 8 weeks, this does not mean exactly on the 8 week marker your baby should smile.
5. Different rates for different babies
6. Development pattern
7. Developmental milestones age ranges
As a parent …..
As a parent there is a lot you can do to help your baby learn and master the developmental milestones. Try though not to focus just on your baby’s achievement of the developmental milestone, as this can result in a sense of expectation rather than enjoyment during your baby’s first year of life.
About Fiona O'Farrell
Paediatric Occupational Therapist
Fiona O’Farrell is a Paediatric Occupational Therapist Specialising in Baby Development, Baby Sleep Difficulties and Premature babies for over 15 years.
Fiona is validated By the Department of Health and is a Board Director of Irish Neonatal health Alliance. Fiona is also Mum to 3 young children.
Fiona reassures parents helping them to give their baby the best start in life. Fiona's work helps parents help their baby to develop to their full potential and develop positive long term healthy sleeping patterns. Fiona’s approach is totally baby focused.
Fiona contributes regularly to the media and provides corporate talks and talks to Health Care Staff.
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