Physical Development in Babies 3-6 Months: What to Expect

Physical Development in Babies 3-6 Months

The first year of child’s life will be marked by significant milestones and a tremendous amount development. Being aware of what these milestones are and what to expect regarding physical, mental and social development is extremely important for parents and caregivers. It is this awareness that will alert those that care for a child that something is amiss. Here, we are going to take a look at what physical development in babies 3-6 months that parents can expect to see in months three to six.

It is essential to note that the physical, developmental milestones listed below are generalizations. They represent what most infants will be able to do at this age. Not all infants will develop at the same pace. Parents who are concerned about their child being developmentally delayed in some area will want to contact their child’s pediatrician.

Three Months

Between three and six months, babies will begin to raise their head and chest from the stomach position. They should also be able to support the upper portion of their body with their arms from both the stomach and back areas. Babies in this age range should also be able to open and close the hands.
Towards the beginning of this stage, they should be able to sit up with support. By the time, they are six months most will be able to do so without help. When placed on a firm surface, babies between three and six months of age should be able to push their legs when stood up on a firm surface. Most will have the ability to swing at objects dangled in front them and bring their hand to their mouth.

Six Months and Beyond

A baby’s 1st year is an exciting time. Physically, they will be undergoing a great deal of change. The same is true psychologically and socially. Parents will need to educate themselves on what is considered proper development in the areas above as their child grows. If they ever notice any delay in any area of their child’s development, they should be sure to see a medical expert right away. In the majority of cases, this will be their child’s doctor. Because parents spend almost all the time with their children and because no one loves them quite as mom and dad do, they will end up being the best advocates for their children.

Between three and six months of age, an infant should be able to bring their hand to their mouth, swipe at items dangling in front of them, push down on hard surfaces with their legs and raise their head and chest from the stomach position. If after six months, a parent notices their child is delayed in any of the above, they should contact their child’s pediatrician.

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