Let me introduce myself since I’ll be writing here for a long time (hopefully). I’m Aishah, a mother to an 8-year-old and a newborn girl (yes she’s sleeping next to me while I’m typing this). For the past years, I’ve been working in the early childhood education industry in Malaysia, from taking care of babies and toddlers to giving caregivers training for educators. I will be sharing here in our blog the little experience and knowledge that I have along this beautiful journey of motherhood and early childhood education.

As I have just gone through my babymoon period, and have had a pleasant postpartum and confinement period, I am thankful that my 4- month young baby has been healthy and such a blessing in our lives. I also can’t help but think of her future, her growth, her development. Having a baby after 8 years from the previous one, some things need a little refresher and reminder. The other day I was wondering, shouldn’t my baby already be rolling on her back and making me put pillows around our bed to prevent her from falling? So I dug into a few books and the internet to have a little revision and decided to share my notes here!

The journey of physical development starts when the baby is in the womb and continues after their first breath on the earthside. It is a remarkable journey that brings joy to both parents and the child. They progress slowly from grasping objects to rolling over, pushing their body forward, heads up with better neck control, crawling, pulling up and holding on to furniture to stand, and eventually taking their first steps. Here are some important milestones for us to look for.

At 2 months, babies should be able to hold their heads up when put on parents’ shoulders, while on their tummy, move both arms and legs, open hands briefly, and move their heads to the left and right following objects or eye contact with adults. I enjoy this phase so much where they seem so fragile yet such a bundle of sunshine to be held in our arms.

Later towards the 4th month, babies usually can already hold their head steady without any support when being held or on their tummy, and love to bring their hands to mouth (I swear babies look too adorable doing this, it’s like they’re eating their whole hand!), they can also hold a toy when it is placed in their hands and can push their arms and elbows during tummy time!

And I can’t wait till my baby turns 6 months old when she should be able to sit up and start having solids while beginning her baby-led weaning journey. Babies at this age can roll from tummy to back, push up with straight arms when on tummy, and lean on hands to support. These are milestones leading to the next ones as by 9 months old, they can get to a sitting position by themselves without support, crawl around the room, move things from one hand to the other, and bring food towards themselves. Yup, this is when things get messy at the dinner table and they pick up things on the floor to put in their mouth!

Trust me, time flies when you have those tiny humans with you. By the time it’s their 1st birthday, so many other milestones especially in physical development are gained. Our babies are not so babies anymore, they would love to pull themselves up to stand and walk around the house while holding on to the furniture around them! They can also drink from a cup without a lid while we help hold it and pick things between their thumb and pointer finger.

It won’t be long till we have to chase them around the house or the park! Well, those are some of the important milestones I would look forward to, and of course, each child is different, so one might hit a milestone earlier than the other even if they were born on the same date. We shouldn’t worry too much if it’s a few weeks later than expected, keep on having quality time and play with them and you’ll see wonders.

Do share with me your experience or if you have any concerns about the delayed physical development. I believe parents and caregivers should keep track of the development or any red flags and raise our concerns to the professionals and our support system to help us navigate through every stage of a child’s development. Until then, see you in our next post!

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