CONSIDER THESE THOUGHTS.
As a parent, closely monitoring your baby's growth and development is natural. From their first smile to their first steps, each milestone is a significant achievement that brings joy and pride.
However, if you are worried about your baby's progress and everyone tells you, "It's important to remember that every child develops at their own pace."
STOP! You are NOT crazy.
Don't be wrapped up in a false sense of security that your baby is okay.
If you are worried, there is a reason for it!
We are here to help validate your feelings and give you the tools you need to optimize your baby's experience of milestone progression. Your child could have a small glitch in the system that is not letting milestone achievements happen, or it could be a REALLY BIG PROBLEM, but no one is telling you.
We don't want you to have to go through what we went through. Worried sick about our child, not getting help from the doctors and professionals, not getting support from family, and clueless about what you can do at home to be proactive.
Again, if you find that your baby isn't reaching their developmental milestones as quickly as others, it can be a cause for concern. In this blog, we will explore the potential reasons behind delayed milestones, offer guidance on what steps to take, and provide valuable insights into fostering healthy baby and child development.
Understanding Developmental Milestones
Developmental milestones are key skills and abilities that children typically acquire by a certain age. These milestones are categorized into different domains, including motor, cognitive, communication, social-emotional, and visual skills.
It's been accepted that there is a general timeline for when these milestones are achieved and that it's crucial to recognize that there is a wide range of normal variation. Some babies may reach certain milestones earlier, while others may take a little longer. FOR BABY-DICTATED DEVELOPMENT, THIS IS TRUE, BUT YOU DON'T WANT YOUR CHILD ON BABY-DICTATED DEVELOPMENT.
Baby-dictated development causes parents the most stress because they are WAITING FOR DEVELOPMENT. You should NEVER be waiting for development. IT JUST HAPPENS! This type of development is time-dictated development.
Parents who have a child experiencing time-dictated development are often surprised at how quickly their child is going from one milestone to the next. Their child is flourishing, and they can hardly believe it. Time goes by quickly, and all too soon, they realize that their baby is not a baby anymore but almost a mini-adult. Independent to some degree and wants to do everything himself or herself.
At Movement Lesson, we use the words "typical" and "atypical" to describe your baby's development, but they don't mean the same things to us as they do everyone else. Typical is any child on time-dictated development. Atypical is any child on baby-dictated development.
Watch the video below to see what type of development experience your child is having.
It's important for parents to be aware of potential red flags that could indicate delayed development. Your child should never hate or skip milestones. Below we show you typical and atypical development in tummy time, rolling over, sitting, and crawling.
Several factors can contribute to delayed developmental milestones in babies and children:
This is what you are being told, and it's not helping you, "It's important to remember that every child is unique, and progress might occur in fits and starts. Celebrate the small victories and maintain open communication with your pediatrician. Avoid comparing your child's development to others, as this can create unnecessary stress. Instead, focus on creating a loving and supportive environment that nurtures your child's growth."
We know so many parents that are talking with their doctor and nothing! THE ABOVE STATEMENT IS not helping you. You are not being helped, and you shouldn't feel so helpless!
Watching your baby reach developmental milestones should be a thrilling experience, not one full of waiting, worry, and feeling stupid for saying anything because you are being a "worry wart."
For your child's BEST FUTURE, follow your mom/dad instinct. If you are even questioning your child's development, HELP THEM.
We teach you how. BUT FIRST, you need more resources to help you understand your child's movements and what that means for their development.
CLICK HERE to get access to our FREE "IN-TIME Baby Development Parent Resource Toolbox.
You need to be empowered with knowledge about true development before you will decide to do whatever it takes to optimize your child's development. Enjoy the shortcut to giving your child the experiences of movement, growth, progression, and, ideally, independence.
Michelle M. Turner and Erin Fulks