What are gross motor skills?
Gross motor skills involve the large movements that babies make with their arms, legs, feet or whole body. Crawling, walking and running are examples of gross motor skills.
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Developmental milestones are skills and behaviours that are seen in newborns, infants and children as they develop. From birth, there are milestones related to emotional, physical, sound, sight and speech development. Some examples of developmental …
A baby can normally roll over at the age of 3 to 6 months.
A baby can often sit on their own without toppling over at the age of 6 to 9 months.
A baby will generally begin to crawl at the age of 6 to 9 months.
At around 9 to 12 months, a baby will be able to pull themselves up to a standing position using nearby furniture. Some babies may even begin to walk, but many won't until after 12 months.
It is possible for a baby to say mum-mum and dad-dad at around 9 to 12 months and more specific words will come after this. To assist in your baby's development through this time, it can be helpful to sing songs and talk to them a lot.
Fine motor skills involve small muscles that control the fingers, thumb and hands. These are important in activities such as writing and drawing.
It is normal for your child to reach some developmental milestones earlier and take longer to reach others. If you are concerned, you can talk to your child's doctor about therapy options.