Parenting Lesson 26- Know about your Child's motor skills development

Topics covered in this lesson-

  1. Importance of your baby kicking legs.

  2. When would my child start crawling and Walking?

  3. Importance of your baby reaching out for things

  4. Is thumb sucking okay? Till what age it is fine?

Importance of your baby kicking legs.

In the short period of few weeks, your newborn baby has developed and progressed from just beginning to move the weight of his legs against gravity to kicking his legs like crazy. Actually, kicking is very important for the good development of legs of your baby. Also kicking the legs help your baby to grow abdominal muscles. Also, its fun for your child.

Most probably you will notice that your baby kicks each leg individually most of the time, its much like leg movements of walking or crawling for him. The brain is designed for alternating movements and actually its important that infants should keep practicing them in a manner of walking, running, bicycle riding and more. Baby also need to play on floors it helps them in developing the leg muscles and this is very important in early development. This movement strengthens leg muscles, prepares your child to roll over and play.

When would my child start crawling and Walking?

Studies suggest that approximately 50% babies start crawling by the age of 8 months. Also, some babies start crawling by the age of 6 months itself and some does not start even till the age of 11 months.

If your child is not crawling even till the age of 11 months, then it doesn’t necessarily mean that there is something wrong. Sometimes babies skip crawling altogether.

Actually, babies are not programmed to crawl. They move in whatever way they find suitable and sit in their zone of comfort.

So, a baby can choose one of the following styles to crawl:

● Belly crawling

● Hands and knees crawling

● Hands and feet crawling

Or your baby might prefer to use one of these alternate methods to crawl:

● Bottom shuffle

● Step scooting (a tripod shuffle)

● Cruising (walking when handholding)

● Rolling

Why is so much variety of crawling? It is because babies prefer what’s most suitable and comfortable for them. They don’t care about what is best. Some babies even don’t prefer to crawl or crawl in their comfortable zone.

Importance of your baby reaching out for things

By reaching out to things your baby learns about the touch, shape and texture. These things are very important keeping the view of overall cognitive development of your child. By reaching out to things your baby explores the surroundings which contributes hugely in increasing the knowledge of the surroundings.

Initially newborns of age 3 months can grasp things if placed in their hands, as they are not able to reach out to things by themselves. Simply offer your baby one toy at a time to increase their grip.

At the age of 5 months, they can reach out to things and grab things at their will. This is very important to develop the ability of planning and coordination of their movements.

Like this while growing they grow their abilities to reach out to things, recognizing things and differentiating between things. Also, this helps them to grow the early problem-solving skills. Also reaching out to toys instill the concept of the game.

Is thumb sucking okay? Till what age it is fine?

For some new babies, thumb sucking begins within weeks of birth. For others, thumb-sucking is a continuation of a habit perfected well before they were born — and the proof is in those adorable ultrasound pics.

But whether your little one started thumb-sucking in utero or acquired a taste for her thumb soon after birth, it’s normal to wonder whether a fondness for sucking her thumb now means it will carry over into middle school — and you’ll end up footing a giant bill for all the orthodontic work she’ll need.

You don’t need to pull the plug just yet, though. It’s perfectly natural for newborns to suck their thumbs. Here’s why:

● Thumb sucking is natural for babies. Sucking is a normal newborn reflex because it’s how they eat. So, it’s definitely a good thing that your baby has figured it out already.

● Sucking calms your baby down. Even when you’ve just finished feeding your baby, she might still need to suck some more. But that doesn’t mean she’s ready to eat again. Not only do they have to suck to fill their tummies, babies also need “non-nutritive” sucking, the kind that soothes them. It’s the whole reason we have pacifiers in the first place. And some babies, like your own little thumb-sucker, like non-nutritive sucking more than others.

● Thumbs are always at hand. There's another explanation for why your baby is already sucking her cute little thumb: It's right there. Of course, the first few times were probably just accidental taste tests, but when your baby figured out how comforting (and accessible!) her thumb was, she quickly learned how to get it into her mouth on purpose.