Baby Development Chart: Is Your 0-12 Month Little One On Track?

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Baby Development Chart: Is Your 0-12 Month Little One On Track?

As I head back to work following my maternity leave and sift through my materials that I’ll be bringing back to the office, I came across a handy baby development chart of gross motor milestones that I thought I would share with you. It’s important to remember though – EVERY CHILD IS DIFFERENT. That means that every child develops at their own pace, and this is why we have ranges for when these skills are achieved. Let this list of baby development by week guide you as you watch your child grow, and encourage them to try and do some of the items listed. If you have any concerns, don’t hesitate to speak with your doctor.

It’s important to remember though – EVERY CHILD IS DIFFERENT.

Gross Motor Development Chart
AGE MILESTONE
0-3 months Head control develops
Raises head slightly when on stomach
Turns head to see or hear something when on back
Brings hands to mouth
Begins to reach for objects
Kicks legs when lying on back
3-6 months Brings hands together at midline
Lifts head and chest when lying on stomach, propping on forearmshand
Actively moves arms to reach object
Grasps object voluntarily
Plays with own hands and feet
Transfers toy hand to hand
Rolling front to back and back to front
Supported sitting/independent sitting emerging
6-9 months Independent sitting
Reaches for objects when on stomach
Transfers toy hand to hand
Pulls self forwards on belly
Goes into sitting position independently
Creeps on hands and knees
Transitions into different positions: sitting, all fours, lying on tummy
Bears weight through legs when standing with support
9-12 months Crawling/mode of locomotion develops further
Attempts to/begins to pull to stand
Walks while holding onto furniture (cruising)
Rolls a ball when copying an adult
Stands briefly without support
May walk with support
May begin to take steps

Each skill leads to another as your child begins to explore their sense of balance, strength, and coordination. Do what you can to allow your child the opportunity to develop naturally and at their own pace. Put them on the floor for tummy time, sit with them on the floor to play, roll around with them, let them climb up the stairs while you stay closely behind, etc. Let them explore a little! Enjoy your time watching your child discover the new things they see.

Dina-TakeAways-1(386)Quick Tips:

  • Every child develops at their own pace

  • Allow time for free play, movement and exploration

  • Speak with your doc about any concerns

Concerned about social development in children? Check this out.

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Jennifer Halfin, MSc(A) PT Reg (Ont)

About Jennifer Halfin, MSc(A) PT Reg (Ont)

Jennifer is a registered physiotherapist working in the field of paediatrics. She has worked with children of all ages, helping them to achieve their motor milestones through various therapeutic approaches. Jenn also has extensive experience working with infants with torticollis and plagiocephaly. As a new mom herself, she loves sharing her experiences and learning from others.

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