Infant Developmental Milestones

Posted Posted by Jill Roberson, MD in Blog, Uncategorized     Comments 1 comment

This is a great synopsis of infant development and developmental milestones.

1 Comment to “Infant Developmental Milestones”

  • I think this is absolutely wonderful that you posted a blog on this subject because I have a friend who’s daughter’s development is of concern. I’ll try to make it as straight to the point as I can of what my concerns are. My friend has a way of keeping her 9 month old daughter on the couch all day! There was never tummy time or encouragement of crawling. Her daughter doesn’t even have the drive or desire to leave the couch. But every time I see her she is just sitting on the couch!!! She cannot stand on her own or bear weight on her legs. My friend’s pediatrician has expressed to her that she is over feeding her daughter because of such a rapid weight gain. My friend doesnt believe that she is doing that and believes genuinely that she is feeding her daughter when she is hungry. Her daughter does not look over weight at all except she does have thick thighs.

    Whenever I see her daughter I hold her up and try to get her to hold on to the couch to stand on her own and she cannot do that. She cannot even hold on to the furniture. She acts like she does not know what to do. She topples over. She can sit up on her own, but my friend put a pillow behind her back because she will fall backwards at times. I dont think there is anything mentally wrong with this child, but I personally feel she was never given the opportunity to learn how to do things.

    Every child develops differently but my son was walking holding onto furniture at this age. But I always did tummy time and then I taught him how to crawl. I would crawl on the floor and encourage him to lift his head and show him how to move his arms and legs. I was there with him every step of the way. He learned a lot. Now he is walking great at 13 months.

    I am scared that her muscles aren’t being developed or even challenged to develop properly. My friend doesn’t think there is anything wrong with what she is doing. And as mothers we all try to do the best we can. And I’m sure there is someone out there that disagrees with what I do…there is always someone.

    I would like to know your thoughts on this. I want to share my concerns with her, but I have to do it as respectfully as possible.

    Thank you for having this website!

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