Gross Motor Skills for Babies Aged 9 – 12 Months

At one year old, most babies can do the following gross motor skills: Sit without support Crawl Pull up to a standing position without using chairs or other people, then stand Walk while holding something for support (a hand or toy) Imitate you as you roll a ball Crawl on hands and knees Pull to stand and cruise around furniture …

Gross Motor Skills for Babies 6 – 9 Months Old

For children with special needs, intervention in early childhood development means finding specific ways to help a child become as functional as possible. Gross motor development involves the larger, stronger muscle groups. In early child development, it’s the development of these muscles that enable it to hold its head up, sit, crawl and eventually walk, run, jump and skip. Below …

Gross Motor Skills Milestones Between 3 to 6 Months

 At 6 months, most babies can do the following: Holding their heads up when being held in a sitting position Rolls Pushing themselves up onto their arms when on belly Pivot body when on belly Sit momentarily when leaning on hands Parenting Tips for Gross Motor Skills: When your baby is between three and six months, place your infant on …

Detecting Hearing Loss in Infants and Toddlers

In 1993, the National Institute of Health made a recommendation that all babies have their hearing tested between birth and three months of age. By 1999, 20 states had implemented laws encouraging newborn hearing screenings and 12 states passed laws requiring them. Today, 10 years later, 30 states plus Guam, Puerto Rico and Washington, DC provide for the establishment of …

Q&A: How Much Weight Should a 5 Month Old Bear on Her Legs?

My daughter is 5.5 months old. She was 5 weeks premature. My concern is how much weight she should be bearing on her legs. Recently if you hold her up she will take just a little weight; her knees will then buckle if you continue to hold her up and she will push down to straighten her legs but she …

Q&A: 9 Month Old Not Crawling Yet

Q: 9 month old not crawling – My second child, who is 9 months old, is not crawling or creeping yet and also doesn’t pull himself up to a standing position. I am very concerned that something is wrong. Should I be concerned? Most babies are able to crawl and pull to stand by age 12 months, so I would …

Q&A: 10 Month Old Twins Are Not Developing at Same Pace

I have 10.5 month old boy/girl twins. My son is right on target as far as crawling, pulling up and getting himself into a sitting position. My daughter just started crawling a few weeks ago but on her belly. She can get up on all fours but doesn’t crawl this way. She has not figured out how to sit herself …

Q&A: 4 Month Old with Stiff Upper Body

My grandson is 4-1/2 months old. I believe he has hypertone in his upper body (he arches his back  “stiff” when being held body-to-body) that may be showing up in his legs now (he’s starting to “scissor” – to hold his mom’s arms with his legs as his diaper is being changed). Is there anything that can explain hypertonicity in …

Q&A: 10 Month Old Hypertonic Baby

I am a mother of a 10 month old baby boy who has stiffness or hypertonicity in his ankles that keeps his leg claw shaped.  By 10 months he should be showing independent sitting and crawling but my baby is not doing so.  He was able to roll on tummy before and is not even doing that for the last two …

Q&A: How Much Sleep Does an 8 Month Old Need?

My 8-month-old son Chase seems to need to sleep a lot; sometimes 5 naps a day plus bedtime and even after that he acts tired. And, from what I understand, babies his age don’t need swaddling to sleep but I can’t get him to sleep without it. The other thing is, and I’m not sure if these two problems are …