3 – 6 months: physical development

3 to 6 months physical development

Developmental milestones include:
 

  • Between 4 – 6 months, he rolls over
  • By 4 months, he can lift his head and chest when he’s on his tummy
  • By 3 months, he plays with his fingers and looks at his hands
  • By 3 – 4 months, he can grasp an object
  • By 5 – 6 months, he can chew
  • He can make and hold eye contact
  • He enjoys looking at brightly coloured objects

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What can I do to encourage his physical development?

  • To practice his grasping skills, offer him a soft rattle (or any other small soft toy that makes a noise) so that he can discover that he can make a noise with it when he moves it.
  • Give him plenty of tummy time – at this age, he should enjoy it more
  • When he’s on his tummy, put toys in front of him and encourage him to reach out to grab them –he’ll probably do this accidentally at first.

Signs that suggest a developmental problem:

  • His muscle tone is exceptionally low or high (he’s tight or floppy)
  • His fingers don’t spontaneously extend
  • His legs and arms remain flexed the majority of the time
  • His eyes don’t follow what is going on around him
  • You are still consistently struggling to settle him
  • He is not putting on weight at an acceptable rate
  • He is disinterested in his surroundings

All children are different and develop at different rates, so don’t be overly concerned if your baby is acquiring new skills at a different rate to those around him. But if you are worried about him development, talk to a health professional for a little reassurance.

 

This article was written by Ella Walsh for Kidspot. Sources include SA Government's Parenting and Child Health and Raising Children Network.

 

 

 

 



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