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How to Know Whether or Not Your 1-Year-Old is Developing on Track

The development of your child can be affected by many things, making it imperative that you take notice of your child’s growth. For example, a study shows that children of overweight parents might have a problem to deal with. These children might have issues with small muscle development like finger movement. There are many factors that can affect a child’s development, and the following are a few ways to find out if your one-year-old is on the right track.

First Year Mark

Your little bundle of joy has been out of the oven for one whole year, meaning you have hit a milestone. By the age of one, your child should have control of his or her legs and feet. A child can usually stand and may crawl. A one-year-old should be able to say a word or two. You will probably notice that your baby can show affection, curiosity, and have a fear of strangers. Babies respond to their names by this stage, too.

Physical Developments

A baby may begin to crawl up the stairs at some point after reaching the one year mark. Babies can also walk, with your support, for about 10 minutes, but some are high achievers and may walk for 20 minutes. Babies may show some artistic flair at this point, as they can make lines with crayons around this time.

Oral Development

Babies develop a tooth or two at around sixth months, and it will just continue from there. By one, babies should have developed or are almost done developing their front teeth. The rest of the teeth will come in later. Most toddlers have all 20 teeth by the age of three. Now, teething may cause irritation or pain, which can lead a child to develop feeding or sleeping issues. You could talk to a dentist, such as one at Family 1st Dental who have experience with toddlers. This is especially important if you notice that teething toys are not helpful. Your dentist might recommend numbing ointment, but this is rare.

Behavioral Developments

You might start dealing with a few little quirks around this time, too. For one, some babies get quite angry when they are separated from their parents. Other parents may notice that their babies do not like to take baths. The appreciation of a mirrored image starts around this time, too.

Keeping a watchful eye on your child’s development may seem like a tedious task, but taking it one step at a time will make it easier. These tips should be helpful on your journey.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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