Developmental Milestonesare the things that most babies and children do—from smiling to speaking to walking--at various ages and stages throughout infancy and childhood. While each child develops and learns at his or her own unique pace, development milestones offer guidelines for the activities and behaviors you might expect to see as your child grows. Understanding these milestones can help you know that your child is on-track in his or her development.
From birth, babies begin to grasp objects, and encouraging this builds hand-eye coordination that improves everything from handwriting to sports. In the first six months, hold out objects to track with his eyes, then bat and grab with his hands, such as plastic keys or a rattle. Build towers with blocks and let your baby bat them down. As you baby gets older, let her pick up and drop objects; she will develop a “pincer grasp” with fingers and thumb for small things. Remember--while nearly everything ends up in your baby’s mouth, that is an important part of learning and building hand-eye coordination!