Developmental milestones include:
- Between four and six months, he rolls over
- By four months, he can lift his head and chest when he’s on his tummy
- By three months, he plays with his fingers and looks at his hands
- By three to four months, he can grasp an object
- By five to six months, he can chew
- He can make and hold eye contact
- He enjoys looking at brightly coloured objects
What can I do to encourage his physical development?
- To practice his grasping skills, offer him a soft rattle (or any other small soft toy that makes a noise) so that he can discover that he can make a noise with it when he moves it.
- Give him plenty of tummy time – at this age, he should enjoy it more
- When he’s on his tummy, put toys in front of him and encourage him to reach out to grab them –he’ll probably do this accidentally at first.
Signs that suggest a developmental problem:
- His muscle tone is exceptionally low or high (he’s tight or floppy)
- His fingers don’t spontaneously extend
- His legs and arms remain flexed the majority of the time
- His eyes don’t follow what is going on around him
- You are still consistently struggling to settle him
- He is not putting on weight at an acceptable rate
- He is disinterested in his surroundings
All children are different and develop at different rates, so don’t be overly concerned if your baby is acquiring new skills at a different rate to those around him. But if you are worried about him development, talk to a health professional for a little reassurance.
This article was written by Ella Walsh for Kidspot.