Get Your Baby’s Motor Running

Smiling baby on his tummyMotor skills are all about your baby being in motion. From the day your baby was born, you have seen them move. First, in ways not quite controlled. Then, as they grow, in very purposeful movements in which they are actively seeking something in particular (most often the item that is “just out of reach” that they shouldn't have anyway!).

Motor skills are defined in two ways: gross motor and fine motor.

  • Gross motor is the term used to describe large body movements.
  • Fine motor skills define small body movements.

Examples of major motor milestones include:

Large motor skills:

  • Rolling over (babies generally roll over anywhere between 2 and 6 months)
  • Sitting (babies generally sit up between the ages of 7 to 9 months)
  • Crawling (babies may crawl as early as 6 months and some not until after they are a year old)
  • Pulling up (babies will generally begin pulling up soon after they have mastered the skills of sitting up and/or crawling)
  • Walking (most babies acquire this skill between the ages of 9 and 13 months)

Small motor skills:

  • Grabbing/holding onto items (you may notice that around 3 months, your baby begins to reach out – eventually they will grab, hold, and then begin to manipulate items).

How can you support your baby's motor development?

  • Provide ample time for explorations (although bouncy chairs and swings are convenient, your baby needs plenty of floor time to explore their world).
  • Make safety the #1 priority. Always be conscientious of the environment, looking for objects which may pose a risk if your baby should happen to grab, crawl, or roll into or onto them.
  • Give them incentive. Your kind words, a non-breakable (child-friendly) mirror, or a favorite toy may be the perfect “reward” to encourage your baby's movements.
  • Be patient and supportive. Just like the wait you endured during pregnancy to see your child, your baby's development may seem like a slow, but steady, process. Enjoy every moment. Before long, your baby is bound to be a walking, talking machine.

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17 comments

  1. LIZ says:

    i do a massage every day for my baby, its very important

  2. Alanna says:

    Yay motor skills!

  3. sheenaholman says:

    My girl can roll from back to belly but not the other way. She has super great leg muscles but hardly any arm.

  4. Holly says:

    my baby girl is 4 1/2 months and she is just starting to roll from her tummy to back… its so exciting!!!

  5. Grace says:

    my son kind of rolled over, but has yet to do it much he is almost 6 months i am so anticipating him moving more

  6. Valerie says:

    Can not wait to see my son take his first steps(:

  7. Shawna says:

    My daughter started rolling when she was 3 months. Now she gets upset because she rolls onto her back during the night and cant get back onto her stomach.

  8. revogurl06 says:

    when my daughter was 2 weeks old she started to roll over on her tummy for the first time. at 1 month she was already holding her head up by herself. now she is almost 2 months she sits and stands with help. she started babbling when she was 1 month.

  9. meredith says:

    Love watching him learn new things! it all goes so fast.

  10. michael says:

    and i always let her have her belly time

  11. michael says:

    im always letting my niece grab my fingers and shes got a tight grip im always encouraging her to play with toys and i let het stand up and she stays like that for about 10 minutes and im always lifting her in the air and always saying her name and she always smiles and starts to giggle!

  12. I love watching Kendan explore new things 🙂

  13. Colleen says:

    I jes can’t wait till my baby girl can crawl.. we do excercise everyday on a "sausage" roll to help encourage her!!

  14. I was so happy when my baby was able to grab his first object, each new skill accomplished now is an exiting moment.

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