Make way for Baby! Your little one will likely be on the move this month and will start to develop fine motor skills.
Baby will continue to explore her world this month. And whether she's crawling on all fours, army crawling, or doing some unique move of her own, this increased mobility often means you have a happier baby on your hands. Here's what to watch for in your tot's physical development this month.
What to expect: Your little sitter might not want to stay still for very long if he figures out how to go from sitting to crawling. He may even figure out how to go from crawling to sitting (though you might not see that move until next month) or sitting to standing if he can use something stable for support.
Baby might begin to develop his pincer grasp this month, holding smaller objects between his index finger and thumb. This will signal that he's about to become much more adept with putting things into his mouth without needing to use his entire palm to do the job for him. Your guy will likely also master the art of transferring objects back and forth between his hands more skillfully.
Progression: As this month goes on, Baby will likely become more coordinated in her movements, so she might start to move around faster. Gone are the days when you could sit your baby down and expect to find her in the same spot if you leave the room for a few minutes.
How to help: If your baby enjoys standing but is still a little unsteady, offer your hands for support and make sure that the couch or chair she is leaning on is stable. "The crib is a safe place for Baby to practice standing, as is a soft ottoman, or the side of the couch," says Wendy Sue Swanson, M.D., a Parents advisor, mother of two, and author of the blog Seattle Mama Doc. Stay close by to prevent falls and consider removing Baby's socks so that she can use her feet to help her crawl. Let her play with blocks and balls of all kinds to give her the chance to experience different shapes, textures, and consequences.
Don't freak out if: He's not interested in his mobility -- some babies focus more on language abilities around this time. If this is the case in your house, don't worry. Continue to offer Baby the opportunity to move and explore and eventually he will.
On the flip side, if your baby is about to take his first steps, make sure that the house is babyproofed and keep the video camera nearby.
When you should worry: If Baby seems floppy or listless or is losing milestones or skills she had previously, speak with your doctor. And if she doesn't seem to be using her hands with any skill, you may want to check in with your care provider.
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