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Motor Skills & Physical Development

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Babies are born with the reflexes to root (turning her head to get a proper latch on her mother's nipple) and suck so that they are ready to breastfeed after birth. Babies have other reflexes that disappear once they are no longer needed. These reflexes disappear because voluntary or intentional motor skills replace them. Motor skills are often talked about by parents, "when did he first sit up?" or "is she crawling yet?" are common topics for discussion.

These conversations can be very exciting and fun but sometimes parents feel worry or fear if their child isn't doing what some of the other children her age are able to do. It's important to remember that while children will generally develop in the same ways there are also many differences in how and when children develop. If you have any questions or concerns about your child's development speak to your health care provider or public health nurse.

Around three months of age, your baby will learn to roll from her front to her back. By one year, most children are able to sit and move on their own by crawling, scooting or walking. Many babies crawl on their forearms and drag their legs behind them. Other babies scoot on their bottoms by repeatedly extending their legs and bringing them close to their bodies. And some are ready and able to walk, either alone or by cruising along furniture. There isn't one right way for babies to being moving on their own. Between nine and 18 months of age, most children are able to walk.

During the first year, your baby will learn to grasp objects by first batting at them with her fists. She will also learn how to grab objects, shake them and switch them from one hand to another.

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