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BABY'S FIRST YEAR
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Somewhere in this period, your baby may
start to crawl, in various ways including
bottom shuffling - but some will miss
out this stage altogether.
'Some will go from being able to sit to
wanting to stand up. Some will crawl
backwards, some forwards. There's a lot
of variability,' says Elaine.
Around this stage, your baby will also
begin to pull themselves up on to
furniture. 'We wouldn't worry if they're
not doing this, but we look at whether
they can weight bear,' she adds. It is
also around now that your baby will
be offered another review.
Between 10 and 18 months, your
baby will typically start to walk. 'That's
a milestone with a really wide range of
normal,' says Lara. 'Some might not
until they're two.'
However, if your baby is not crawling
by a year - and they're not a bottom
shuffler - she recommends seeking
advice; similarly, if they still haven't
started to walk at 18 months.
Su Laurent, consultant paediatrician
and author of Your Baby Month By
Month, understands parents
can be anxious, but suggests:
baby learns to
'The most important thing
walk, he's likely to be
is for parents to trust
people if they're telling
very unsteady on his feet.
them everything is fine.'
Watch him and be ready
There are many reasons
to pick him up with a kiss
for delayed development.
and a cuddle when he
Sometimes, it can stem from
how your baby was positioned
in pregnancy, or perhaps there
were issues around the birth. Or it
could be a lack of opportunity, so the
health visitor might suggest strategies
which can help such as simple exercises
to try to strengthen their limbs.
Karin Bishop, assistant director of
professional practice at the Royal College
of Occupational Therapists, adds: 'A baby
who is late in reaching milestones in one
area of their development might reach
others early. It isn't really about what
age a child reaches a milestone, as
long as they are achieved.'
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