We all want our babies to be developmentally ahead – or at least - on the curve. There is comfort in knowing that your child is developing similarly to others and that they are reaching the milestones listed on the early development map timeously.
Developmental milestones certainly have their place: A set of age-specific tasks that most children can do within a certain age-range, it can be an invaluable tool for therapists and professionals in assessing a child’s progress and highlighting any deficiencies or warning signs.
A milestone shows that part of your baby’s brain has been wired and is ready to be used. It is something to be celebrated in its achievement but should not be focused on too much if not met exactly on target.
Each child is unique and will develop at their own unique pace, faster in some areas and slower in others so fixating too much on reaching milestones or comparing your baby’s development with other babies will only lead to unnecessary stress for new parents.
Once we understand that our children each have their own unique developmental roadmap, their own marvelous timetable which we can observe and support, we can shift our focus from anxiety of what’s not happening to a positive focus of what is!
Spend some time finding out what milestones your little one is currently working towards. There are certain skills which are in the developmental spotlight at certain times and if you watch your little one, he will give you clues as to what he’s working on at any given time. Think about what his eyes are doing, how he is holding objects, how he is making his needs known or how friendly he is with others.
If you are able to spot these emerging skills and provide opportunities for your little one to practice them more, then you will help consolidate the skill. This will then allow your baby to use this skill as a building block for the next one.
At Nubabi, we are passionate about showing parents how easy it can be to improve their child’s learning abilities significantly simply by providing stimulating activities for playtime. With Nubabi you can:
Your little one will develop more in the first 3 years of life than at any other time. Embrace the fact that focused playtime together can go a long way to giving your child the best start in life and with Nubabi in your pocket, isn’t it wonderful that it’s so easy (and fun) to do!
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