Knowing the developmental milestones is important for every new parent – especially first-time parents. While every child develops individually, think of developmental milestones as a checklist of sorts and knowing what age your child should reach certain developmental milestones is important. This checklist represents things an average child can do around a particular age, although – and we can’t stress this enough – these milestones vary from child to child. Looking at the different milestones can help parents, doctors, and teachers understand how children typically develop and keep an eye out for any potential developmental issues.
There are four basic types of developmental milestones that health professionals and educators typically refer to.
Physical developmental milestones involve both large motor skills and fine motor skills. Large motor skills are usually the first to develop and include things like sitting up, standing, crawling, and walking. Fine motor skills include precise movements like grabbing a spoon, holding a crayon, drawing shapes, and picking up small objects (like the Duplos® on the floor that you’ll inevitably step on in the middle of the night and is the worst pain known to humans).
Cognitive milestones are centered on your child’s ability to think, learn, and solve problems. An infant learning how to respond to facial expressions (peek-a-boo!) or a preschooler learning the alphabet are both examples of cognitive developmental milestones.
Social and Emotional Milestones
Social and emotional developmental milestones deal with how children understand their emotions and the emotions of others. These milestones also involve learning how to interact and play with other people.
Communication developmental milestones involve both language and nonverbal communication. Think about it like this: when a one-year-old learning how to say his/her first words (mom, dad, yes, no, bike, etc.) and a five-year-old learning some of the basic rules of grammar (“l want to ride my bike,” “Peas are gross,” “Can I eat dessert first?” etc.) are examples of communication developmental milestones.
So…why are we talking about this on a kids biking website? Well, it’s simple. We believe that riding a bike can help aid in reaching some of these developmental milestones. We’ve heard so many stories from parents around the globe about how learning how to ride a bike has helped their child develop core strength, gross motor skills, and confidence that we just can’t ignore it.
Rocking back and forth, sitting up by themselves, grabbing ahold of a bike’s handlebars, developing core muscles and spatial awareness, these are all things babies learn and love to do when they’re about 6 months old.
In fact, check out what the CDC says about 6-month-old babies and their physical developmental milestones:
- Rolls over in both directions (front to back, back to front)
- Begins to sit without support
- When standing, supports weight on legs and might bounce
- Rocks back and forth, sometimes crawling backward before moving forward
By nine months, the CDC lists the following physical developmental milestones:
- Stands, holding on
- Can get into sitting position
- Sits without support
- Pulls to stand
By one year? Take a look at this:
- Gets to a sitting position without help
- Pulls up to stand, walks holding on to furniture (“cruising”)
- May take a few steps without holding on
- May stand alone
There are a lot of ways parents have tried to help their children reach and meet these developmental milestones like routines, therapy, baby boot camp (we totally made that last one up, but it wouldn’t surprise us). There’s totally a better, cooler, and fun way to help your child reach these milestones on their own terms.
The Strider Baby Bundle
The Strider Baby Bundle hits all the tick marks when it comes to a tool that helps your baby develop at their own pace while still hitting all of these developmental milestones. The best part? Your baby has fun doing it. Having fun is what we’re all about…that and riding bikes.
Your little biscuit butt might not be able to sit upright at first, but as you introduce them to the Baby Bundle, they’ll develop those little core muscles enough to do it all on their own. Once they’re comfortable with sitting on the bike, grabbing the handlebars to hold on becomes second nature to them. Getting comfortable on the bike is a huge first step.
After they’ve become comfortable sitting on the bike and grasping the handlebars, eventually they’ll begin to rock back and forth. The Strider Baby Bundle makes this natural but difficult to learn motion easy and fun. They’ll also probably begin laughing like crazy, too. Why? Because babies are hilarious.
The Strider Baby Bundle is aiding babies around the world in reaching these crucial developmental milestones. The best part? Once your little drool-meister has mastered the art of walking, just pop the Strider Sport or Pro out of the rocking base, and BAM! You’ve got the world’s best-selling balance bike for your tiny tot. You’ve basically got a baby rocker and a toddler bike all wrapped up in one amazingly functional package that lasts years, not months. How many baby toys out there can help with developmental milestones and last longer than a few months? Not many.
The development doesn’t stop after you’ve removed the bike either. Nope. Learning how to ride a bike at that age will help your toddler build muscles in their tiny legs, promotes a healthy and active lifestyle, and builds massive amounts of confidence in your kiddo that lasts for a lifetime.
Yes, it’s important to know when your child should be hitting certain developmental milestones. It’s also important to understand that every child develops at their own pace. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again. There are a lot of things (routines, programs, baby toys, etc.) out there that might help your child in reaching their developmental milestones, but the Strider Baby Bundle is the only one that helps your child reach those milestones sooner while and building confidence…all while giving them years of fun.