Every parent wants to see their child meet a new milestone in their growing-up years. Imagine watching your child uttering the first word or learning to play, it is such a joyful experience for parents.
Nearly 75% of children show positive physical development in the first three years of their life. The first year in the child’s life is so pivotal, as you can witness a step-by-step cognitive and physical transformation in their life. The child’s brain develops, which boosts their memory, language, thinking, and reasoning skills.
Parents need to pay attention to the first two years of the child because their brain rapidly develops to the next level. We know these years as the golden period, where the child needs the constant support of the parent to educate them with new skills. Every child goes through a different level of development till they reach the age of three, in terms of height, weight, and facial features.
0-3 years Physical Development
Milestones from 0 to 3 months
Your little one will learn to control his muscles and do some facial movements. The child first learns to control his head, then his arms and then further moving down to his legs.
In first three months, your child learns to smile and uses his hands to hold toys and other objects. He loves to play with you and may sometimes cry if you stop playing with him. He learns to use his arms while lying on his belly or back.
Milestones from 3 to 6 months
Your baby will raise his head conveniently while lying on his belly. He will be able to kick using his leg and can also turn from his belly to back. He will start identifying his mother and may communicate with facial expressions that he is hungry.
Your baby is also capable of copying your facial expressions.
Milestones from 6 to 12 months
By 6 months, your baby usually learns to sit independently without support. He will be able to stand with support between 7 to 8 months.
Some babies may take longer but that’s absolutely okay. By 9 months, most babies can stand on their feet, with support and crawl around as well.
Usually by his first birthday, your child should be walking around, though some babies may take more than 12 months to master walking.
Milestones from 12 to 24 months
After the first birthday, you can see your child’s verbal skills developing.
His motor skills continue to develop further, at a very fast pace. He can walk around conveniently by 15 months.
At 18 months, you can see your child climbing steps with help and running around comfortably as well.
He will also learn to sort out his toys based on color and shape.
Milestones from 24 to 36 months
After two, your toddler will gain a lot more stability in walking around.
He will also learn to run faster with stability. He can also now jump over objects. At two and a half years or so, your child will be able to walk up the stairs without being handheld, probably even continuously, without stopping at each stair.
He will also become a highly expressive tiny being.
Post two and half is a good time to introduce a tricycle for your baby.
He can cycle around, make friends and play at the playground.
This is how your baby develops through an incredible journey of three years. The more time you give, the more he will explore the little world around him.
Remember, that these milestones are just a guideline prescribed by eminent researchers and doctors.
However, there may be slight delays in achieving them which is fine as long as your child’s paediatrician says that there is nothing to worry.