Most parents are aware of gross motor milestones and may even be able to recall certain timelines that their little one should be mastering certain skills, but do you understand why it’s so important for an infant to successfully perform these skills? Many times, learning one skill leads to the ability to perform the following activity. These abilities then compound on one another and eventually lead to more advanced skills. For instance, if your child is having difficulty learning to walk, it may be because they have not fully mastered one of the prior milestones.
Key developmental milestones in infancy:
Each of these milestones plays a role in helping a child gain the skills needed to walk. Here is why each of them is so important!
Crawling on Hands and Knees
Skipping any of these milestones could potentially be detrimental to your child’s development. Luckily, physical therapists are movement experts who will be able to determine the exact cause of any potential delays and help them catch up as well as prevent any further delays.
If your baby is having trouble with walking or any other gross motor skills, reach out to your pediatrician to request a referral for a physical therapy evaluation!