Do you believe everything you
hear about baby milestones and how to give your baby the best? Are you one of those parents who, beyond question, believe everything you hear about how to give your baby the best? And then rush off to buy the latest recommendation?
If you're focusing on developing your baby's full potential, you will regularly hear the same myths.
Here are 3 of...
The Most Frequent Milestone Myths
Myth #1: Skipping any of the major milestones is a clear cut sign of superior development.
Myth #2: My baby is very intelligent. She doesn't have to master the milestones.
Myth #3: I don't need to know what the baby milestones are... all babies automatically and spontaneously master all of them.
The truth is, believing these myths will hinder your baby's future, rather than give any kind of
So, let's get a decision on these myths once and for all.
Myth #1: Skipping any of the major baby milestones is
a clear cut sign of superior development
The reality is that missing out and not mastering any baby milestone may be a sign that there's an inability to master such a skill.
And, if it's a vital skill, your child will in all probability need this ability in years to come.
Keep in mind that in almost all cases kids learn certain skills when they master
the milestones. Some of the skills are merely physical, but more important are
the perceptual or learning skills.
But realize that lack of ability may also be the result of inherited causes. It may even be due to a disease or muscle and nervous system problems that prevent or hinder development.
A baby who does not crawl misses out on getting tactile stimulation through the hands. In later years this child may have problems holding a pen or pencil. And most likely, have difficulty to write.
Also, crawling teaches your child spatial orientation. What this means
is that they learn how to correctly interpret letters and numbers in space.
Let's look at an example
of kids at school. When children learned these basic spatial skills they
will have the ability to correctly distinguish between the letters b, d and
p when reading. Or alternatively, if they never mastered this skill, kids
often have difficulty to distinguish between 6 and 9... or even writing 21
when they read 12. This is a common cause of the inability to master
Myth #2: My baby is very intelligent and doesn't have to master the
Normal baby development is universal and follows the same natural development patterns and steps throughout the world. That means a baby developing "normally" should master every development milestone within a very specific age range, regardless of where in the world she lives... or how intelligent she is.
Babies develop certain skills in a very specific order. That's why milestones also have a very specific sequence in which they should
So, even gifted babies follow this same development pattern by mastering the different milestones. And despite what you may believe, your baby does not have her own unique set of development rules where certain skills are not needed.
You often hear of boys who don't like or even refuse to build puzzles. They prefer to play outside. That's not uncommon.
But most of these boys will invariably struggle with certain skills at school. Many of them struggle to organize themselves when given a page with lots of information. Words or even sentences are left out when they read. And many struggle to copy information from a board to a book.
Playing and building puzzles would have developed some of these basic skills,
thereby preventing the problem. Building puzzles, as an example, isn't just
merely "sissy" stuff. Exactly the same principle applies to girls not learning
hand and finger skills by building and fiddling with construction type toys.
Myth #3: All babies automatically and spontaneously
master all baby milestones
In a perfect world, you don't need to know what the milestones are. Or when your baby should master them... or in what sequence
they should be learned.
But real world experience shows that things are not always that perfect. And infants
don't always automatically develop all the skills at the right age. The
result is often that many of them struggle in school a few years later.
Most of these potential problems can easily be prevented by immediately spotting a problem. And then taking corrective action.
The sooner a problem is spotted, the easier it can be
3 Steps To Take Now
There are 3 easy steps you can take immediately to give your baby the best
start. These are:
Most of the information you'll need can be found by
here. The only thing that remains is then to closely watch and track your
child's progress and to stimulate progress.