As a new mother, a question I find myself asking is, “Is Charlotte meeting her milestones?” I find myself online comparing what she is currently able to do with the list for her current age.
I pinned a ton of references on my Pinterest but find myself using this list from pishposhbaby.com most often.
As a stay at home mom, I do daily exercises with my little one to help strengthen the milestone she is currently working on and help prepare her for the ones to come.
I found an awesome resource for all of you neurotic mommies out there (myself included) written by an Occupational Therapist on Developmental Milestones. Meet Christie, aka. MamaOT (Check out her blog), she has tons of legitimate information regarding each milestone and exercises to help your baby meet them.
As Christie said in her blog post, Developmental Milestones, “Remember, tummy time doesn’t just mean putting your baby flat on the floor so they can scream and be miserable…it can actually be creative and fun!” Charlotte likes to incorporate a Boppy pillow or get her daily minutes in by laying chest to chest.
Charlotte at 5 weeks old doing some tummy time on her Boppy
But, what about verbal milestones? Charlotte is a chatty baby. When I speak to her, I usually get some sort of sound in response. She grunts when I am not paying enough attention to her, squeals when excited, uses “ah, ah, ah!” when she is hungry and her latest is “AhhhhhhGoo”. We have no idea what “AhhhGoo” means but it is extremely cute. Even though the babbling makes no sense to the people surrounding her, there is an important reason for it.
According to an article by Melody Warnick on Parenting.com, “For babies, it’s a kind of linguistic cross-training–a way they prep for the main event of real speech, otherwise known as one of the coolest milestones ever.” (See full article here)
Remember, each child is unique, so don’t drive yourself crazy analyzing whether or not your child is within normal range. Talk to your pediatrician if any concerns arise.
What activities do you do with your little one to encourage success with their milestones?
x’s and o’s – Leanne