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Steps to take to Help a Premature Baby Reach Their Infant Milestone

Steps to take to Help a Premature Baby Reach Their Infant Milestone

In their first year after birth, babies tend to grow at a breakneck rate. Significant increases in weight and height are observed. Besides, the infants go through other essential stages called developmental milestones.  These milestones include activities like rolling, sitting, and walking. However, the time in which the babies achieve these milestones and the time they spent before moving to the next one are different from one child to the other. Here is a program that you can use to help your kid achieve four important milestones.

  • Teach Your Baby to Roll Over

You need to play with the baby while in different positions to ensure that she is comfortable. You can achieve this by playing with her while she is lying on her tummy, back, and side. You can let the baby play with a toy while lying on one side and support her hips to enhance stabilization. Get your baby a favorite toy and place it on different sides to encourage her to move her hands and body. Keep repeating it until the baby learns.

Female doctor examining newborn baby in incubator

  • Teach Your Baby to Sit Up

Another critical step that most parents crave for their babies is sitting up independently. You can let the baby sit on our lap as you put your hand on her back to support her the trunk. After some time, put the baby on the surface and let her sit between your legs. This will allow her to lean either to the right or left if she feels unstable. If the baby has not gained stability, get a Bumbo chair and let her sit. Place toys in places to encourage the baby to sit up.

  • Teach Your Baby to Crawl

This stage is somehow complicated as it involves so many muscles. At first, a baby may go background in an effort to figure out how to perform that arm-leg-arm-leg crawl. Crying may come out of frustration. Some babies learn this by moving their hands and legs alternatively. Others achieve this by bending one knee and pushing their bodies. You can also let the baby lie on her belly, and she will try to drag herself forward.  When some babies find it difficult to get where they want, they just roll to get there. This stage is not for every kid as some of them go straight to walking.

  • Teach Your Baby to Walk

To get what they want whenever they want, babies will always work hard to walk. Therefore, the first step in helping your baby to walk is placing anything that she likes at a distance. In addition, accompany your baby to not only support her but also hold her hands when she in search of stability. Always be close to her and watch as she moves holding onto the wall or any other object. Be exciting for the baby to come to come to you. Move a little distance from the baby and let her walk towards you. Most children start walking when they are between nine and thirteen months. By the time they are between fourteen and seventeen months, they can easily walk without any difficulty.

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I am Dr. Marion Johnson, a Nurse Supervisor, Educator, and A clinician with a Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree (DNP) and a Master of Science in Nursing Degree (MSN) both from Walden University. I have worked as a nurse in the healthcare industry for over 15 years. Presently, I am doing something I love most, which is being an online instructor. In this position, I believe I can learn, educate, create and implement positive input into the nursing field. Besides work, I am also an avid reader of nursing journals and articles that is why I have a passion for reading, learning and sharing on the trending topics in the nursing arena.

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