Do You Know Your Child's Physical Development Milestones?
Your baby is growing by leaps and bounds; it’s all happening so quickly that it may be tough to keep up with your child’s development milestones. Is it possible to stay a step ahead? See if you know how to help your child’s physical development and skills.
Question 1 of 11
During her first year your baby grows to be:
|It's impossible to tell; each child grows at her own rate|
|Only a couple pounds and inches more than she is now; physical growth accelerates dramatically after Baby's first birthday|
Approximately three times the weight and twice the length she was at birth
By the time your baby celebrates her first birthday, she will have grown to be about three times the weight and twice the length she was at birth.
|Approximately twice the weight and length she was at birth|
Question 2 of 11
Fine and gross motor skills refer to:
|A movement continuum. As your child grows, his actions progress from fine to gross as they get larger and larger|
The two types of motor skills your baby develops. Fine motor skills use small group muscles to draw, eat, dress, etc., and gross motor skills use large group muscles to move his limbs and trunk
Fine motor skills are developed by the use of small muscle groups in your baby's hands, fingers, and toes; as your baby grows he will learn to coordinate these skills. Gross motor skills control the limbs, trunk, and whole body movements.
|The automotive skills your child will develop in his teenage years when he is ready to get his driver's license|
|Your baby’s manners. Infant etiquette is rated on a spectrum ranging from fine to gross|
Question 3 of 11
"Get a grip" takes on a whole new meaning when, at around three to six months of age, your child starts grabbing everything in her reach, including your hair, jewelry, and glasses. This means:
|She knows what she wants and is ready to take it; your kid is a go-getter|
|Your baby is going through a very normal selfish phase in which she feels entitled to take everything she can grasp|
|This is a reflexive response which your baby cannot control|
Your child is learning to control her fine motor skills
By three months, the reflexive palmer response will be fully suppressed, and your baby's small muscle groups are coming under her willed control (although by no means fully coordinated). She is learning to grasp things with her hands. Soon she will be able to further focus her efforts to pass objects between her hands.
Question 4 of 11
|A temporary platform typically used by builders when assembling a structure|
|When you fold a scaff|
|Supporting your child's development by challenging her with a task that is difficult but within her reach|
A and C
Yes, scaffolding is something you may see on a construction site, but for our purposes, it's also what specialists (like those at Zero to Three, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the well-being of babies and kids) refer to as giving babies challenges that support their development, but aren't too difficult enough to cause frustration. For example, if you see Baby reaching for a toy, place it so that it is within her reach but still forces her to exert some effort and experiment with space and coordination to retrieve it.
Question 5 of 11
The best thing you can do to help your baby sit up is:
|Get him an Ab Roller|
Give him plenty of tummy time and playpen time to explore his movements and experiment with his body on his own
Although helping your baby sit up will strengthen the muscles in his trunk, according to Dr. Spock, this won't really help Baby sit up unsupported in the long run. The best thing you can do is let Baby figure things out on his own. The more he explores his range of motion, the more familiar he becomes with his body's abilities, which will teach him to develop physical skills on his own.
|Ask him nicely|
|Help pull him up to aid in strengthening his trunk; just be sure to keep him supported and never leave his side, in case he falls|
Question 6 of 11
|Dangerous, but can be helpful in teaching kids how to walk. Just keep a very close eye on Baby when she is in the walker|
|For old people. What do they have to do with babies?|
|A wonderful way to help your child learn to walk|
Dangerous to your child and a hindrance to his learning to walk on his own
Walkers are both dangerous for your baby and even banned against being manufactured by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Babies in walkers can travel at three feet per second, so trouble is never far away. Additionally, walkers hinder your child's physical learning experience and delay motor and mental development by making your baby think that he has skills and abilities that he has not yet developed. It is, however, helpful to assist baby to take tentative steps while holding onto your hands.
Question 7 of 11
If you notice your child swatting at close objects—like the toys dangling from his mobile—this is because:
He is experimenting with hand-eye coordination and trying to bring the objects closer to him for inspection
Your baby swats at objects in an attempt to touch them and bring them closer. Although it is unknown whether humans are born with depth perception or develop an understanding of it within the first few months of life, babies still need to explore space and fine-tune hand-eye coordination.
|He is trying to convey to you that doesn't like them and wants them taken away|
|He is trying to wave at you to get your attention|
|Your home may have an insect problem|
Question 8 of 11
Your baby's primitive reflexes:
|Are only to eat and cry|
Disappear around month four and are replaced by new physical skills
Primitive reflexes are suppressed and replaced by controlled motor skills around the time your baby reaches her fourth month. Check out some of these cool reflexes at birth.
|Stay with her for life; she learns to hone them over time|
|Are residual evolutionary characteristics that would have helped her learn to hunt in an earlier era; they are of no use to her in this day and age|
Question 9 of 11
Tummy time is:
|Another term for pregnancy, because expanding tummies become the primary physical characteristic during the gestational period|
A great way to get your baby to experiment with his body, lift his head, and later, develop chest and neck strength and coordination
Tummy time refers to supervised periods when Baby lays and plays on her tummy. This is important for many reasons, but when it comes to physical development it's integral to allow Baby this free reign to learn how to lift his head, develop upper body strength, and control neck muscles and movement. Keep in mind that tummy time is for awake, engaged babies; sleeping on his tummy is a very serious health hazard.
|Time to eat|
|A chance for exhausted mommies to lie down|
Question 10 of 11
At around seven months you'll notice your baby scooting across the floor. She does this:
|As a consideration for you. Dragging her tummy or bottom across the floor is her way of sweeping. Your little one is helping with the housework!|
|After she learns to crawl; she prefers this because it's more fun|
To move around before she learns to crawl
Your baby hasn't yet mastered how to push up and crawl, but she is ready to get moving. Her solution: Scooting! She learns to propel herself across the floor using a sliding method either on her tummy or on her bottom.
|With the help of a scooter|
Question 11 of 11
Rolling over is what happens when:
|You have an IRA|
There are three in the bed, and the little one says ...
Yup, rolling over relates to IRAs and kids' nursery rhymes, but the relevant fact is that Baby will start rolling over at approximately seven months. Try putting items just out of reach to watch her roll to get them, and give her plenty of tummy time to experiment with rolling. Also, once Baby starts rolling, never leave her alone on high surfaces (like changing tables).
|Baby is about seven months old|
|All of the above|
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