The child's natural development

By: Ute Imhof, infant therapist and specialist in pediatric physical therapy, Children's Physiotherapist.

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There is much to remember and pay attention to when it comes to children's development. Fortunately there are some things, which by nature, runs by itself.

Ute Imhof is an infant therapist and specialist in pediatric physical therapy. She was born in Germany but resides in Norway where she has worked with children’s psychomotor development since 1987.

-Children are provided with an internal motoric clock that starts running from the second life occur in the mother’s womb. This trend continues even after the baby is born and throughout their lives, Imhof explains.

She has a good advice for all parents who want to facilitate the child’s development.

Create good interaction with the child through close proximity, confidence and eye contact. Give your child plenty of time when it learns something new. Cheer, but not in advance. Don’t think walk, when the child can stand. Let your child explore and find its own balance. Then, the rest usually follows, she says.

Before you read further, it is important to note that no child is alike, and that development varies from child to child. On that basis we have made a list with the biggest, motoric milestones children learn by themselves before they can walk.

About 3 months:
Symmetry and stability

At three months of age a child find their symmetrical midpoint. It can move its head left and right while the body remains stable. The child also learns to lift its legs. The child masters simple gripping exercises, and touches your face when you hold your baby close up to you.

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Around 6 months:
From back to stomach

At six months of age, children learn to turn from its back to its stomach completely by themselves. And bring its toes right up to the mouth. This is an important milestone that tells a lot about the mobility of the child's spine.

Around 7 months: 
Movement

A bit after the child has learned to turn from its back to its stomach at six months of age, it learns to lift themselves with straight arms when lying on their stomach. Soon it manages to push forward, backward and around its own axis.

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Around 8 months, 
"Rocking baby"

At seven to eight months, big things happen in a child's life. They place their knees against the floor and get up on all fours. This is called rocking baby. The child rock back and forth, and a new world has opened up. Parallel to this, the child learns to go from lying on their side to a sitting position all by themselves.

Around 8 to 9 months: 
Crawling

When the child has found the balance on all fours around seven to eight months of age, it finds out that they can crawl. From that point it is not long before they learn to stand. First on its knees, and then on two legs with something safe to lean on. They learn to move sideways before they eventually let go. In this phase it is important to give your child the time it needs. Create good coping experiences. Let the little one keep busy, learn and explore.

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October 2016