Developmental milestones

Developmental Milestones: Throwing/Hitting

Am I the only one who’s ever been smacked on the mouth with a hotwheel car?  When I was at the dentist last week he asked me if I remembered chipping my tooth.  I answered no at the time and was so confused, but then on my walk home I remembered when my youngest had just learned to hit and practiced his newest skill on my face.  My lip swelled up and I cried.  It had been a while since physical pain from one of my children made me cry!  Please tell me I’m not alone!?  

So how do we navigate this new found skill without getting hurt or getting wrapped up in this irritating behavior!?  One thing I always try to remember is that my toddler isn’t trying to hurt me.  He’s testing my response to what this arm movement will do.  I always respond with saying “gentle hands” and showing my toddler the type of touch that I would prefer instead of getting hit.   He usually laughs or smiles in sheer delight that he is interacting with me and we share a moment of connection together.  

Hang in there mommas and daddas! This phase will pass...but sometimes not as quickly as the physical milestones! 

Developmental Milestones: Walking

Nothing is more exciting that seeing your baby walk for the first time!  However, those weeks leading up to the big event can be difficult on baby and parents/caregivers.  Some babies get frustrated with not being able to walk and can whine or seem needy with their caregiver.  Others just practice their steps with determination on their own!  You can walk alongside your baby while holding their hands to help them practice the skill, or you can stand out in front of baby and see if they will let go and take those first steps between the furtniture on their own!  If you find baby is having a hard time sleeping because they are practicing their budding skill of walking during a nap, you can use a similar technique to when baby is pulling up on the side of the crib if he or she is walking around in the bed (we have rarely experienced that!).  Simply go in if baby is crying or upset and lay him or her back down in the crib.  You will continue to do this until baby falls back to sleep.  Here’s to getting through this milestone quickly and with patience!! 

Developmental Milestones: Pulling Up

Developmental Milestones: Pulling Up

As your baby begins to pull up on the crib or around the house, it can become a challenge for him or her to sleep while learning this new skill.