Baby milestones: The different stages of development
Baby milestones are very special moments
Your baby’s ‘firsts’ are wonderful moments that you’ll remember forever. Whether it’s their first steps or the first laugh, these special times are there to enjoy.
However, it’s important not to focus too much on specific development milestones and to remember that every baby is different. If your little one takes slightly longer to reach one development stage, it may be because they are focusing their energies on a different sense.The sense of touch will start to be explored immediately from birth and is an essential part of your little one’s learning development.
The key child development stages: Skin and touch
When can babies see?
How can I help my baby’s development?
Training baby’s senses
As your little one grows, they start to take in more and more of the world around them and their senses start to develop. By stimulating their sense of touch, you can give your baby’s physical and mental development a boost.
Often even everyday activities can stimulate the senses. When you’re changing your baby’s nappy, talk to them as you do it, describing what you’re doing. You may even want to give them some cotton wool or a baby wipe for them to get used to different textures.
Don’t forget to make the most of bath time too! It can be a great opportunity to teach your little one about different feelings against the skin, such as wet vs. dry, and warm vs. cold.
Try to give your baby interesting, but safe things to look at and touch while they lie in their cot or travel around in their pushchair. This is a great way to keep them occupied and constantly learning as they get used to how different things feel.
The importance of play time
Baby massages are great for skin development
Top tips for promoting baby development
- Keep talking to your little darling to help their communication develop
- Let your little one touch and explore a variety of different surfaces to learn about their environment
- Avoid TV and computers – human interaction is essential to give babies instant feedback
- Take good care of baby’s skin to help it strengthen and develop.