If you have been to any large or even small gathering in Rio Blanco County lately you probably noticed that there are babies galore in the county right now. At the Range Call events this past month there were so many strollers it was almost unreal. Who even knew there were that many little ones in the county?
When you see so many babies out and about it can be easy to try to compare what other babies are doing to what your own is doing to see if they are about equal. This is never a good idea though because babies acquire skills at a whole range of ages and if you are comparing your child to another it can cause you needless worry about if your baby is developing quick enough and learning skills quick enough.
The age that a baby learns a new skill does not foretell whether they will be smart and at the top of their class or the most athletic. There is a range of time that babies will acquire any given skill in so parents should not feel concerned if their child does not reach a certain milestone as early as a friend’s baby does and they also should not get all excited that their child is gifted and start contacting Harvard if the child reaches a skill earlier then another baby.
Each child is different and will reach milestones at their own pace. With that being said, there is a range of ages that most babies will reach a milestone in. If your child has not reached a milestone in that range you can contact your doctor just to check and make sure things are okay.
Between the ages of 3 and 6 months baby has a big job ahead of them. They go from newborns who can’t move much other then flailing their arms and legs, to semi-mobile little beings. It is a fun time to watch them grow and learn for parents. The following milestones are ones that your baby may reach in the 3-6 month time frame if they didn’t reach them earlier.
- Rolling Over: Usually somewhere around 3 or 4 month range a baby will roll over for the first time. This can be either from their back to their stomach or vice versa. Often they will be able to roll one way for awhile before they learn to go the other way. Once they can roll both ways they can cover a lot of ground in a short time so make sure to start baby proofing your home.
- Holding Head Up By Self While Sitting: Babies are born with neck muscles that need a lot of strengthening. During the first few months these get stronger daily it seems. When the baby is between 3 and 6 months their muscles are getting strong quickly and the baby can get to be strong enough to hold their head up all by themselves while sitting.
- Sit Up Unsupported: As a babies neck gets stronger, so does their back. They also start to learn to balance their weight. Some babies will be able to sit without being supported by the time they are 6 months old.
- Putting Weight On Legs To Stand: During this time many babies will be able to start to put a little weight on their legs and support themselves with help to stand a bit. Other babies may be strong enough to stand completely while holding on to something or somebody.
- Make Sounds: When a baby is born all it can do is cry. As they grow they start to coo. By the age of 6 months many babies will also be able to say things like goo and gaa. They may possibly say mama or dada without knowing it as well. Parents.com states that a baby will say their first real word between 11 and 14 months. Emedicinehealth.com on the other hand states that a baby may say their first word between 8 and 12 months.
- Creeping or Crawling: Babies should have supervised tummy time from the time they are born. As they grow they are able to hold their heads up when they are on their stomachs and then they have the urge to start moving around. Some babies will scoot or creep first and some will go straight to crawling. During this time a baby might start to become mobile like this although in many babies it is later.
There are many other skills that a baby can develop during this time period but these are some of the big ones. The Rio Blanco County Fair is coming up and it is certain there will be lots of babies out and about for the fair. Just remember that all babies are different and try not to compare your baby to anybody else’s baby. If you have any concerns about your baby and their development be sure to contact your doctor.