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When you have children, you want to make sure that they stay on the right track in reaching the health milestones in life. Not only is this calming for the mind to know that your child is growing physically and mentally, but it’s also a way to know whether there could be any issues for them later in life. There are several things that you can do to help ensure that your child hits every mark in life, even getting ahead at some times.

Human Contact

This is one of the most important things that you can do as a parent. Spend as much time as possible holding your child and talking to your child. It might not seem like babies or toddlers understand everything that is going on around them, but they are soaking up every morsel of information that you give to them: they learn how to talk, walk and move by watching you and others around them.

Teach them the right ways to initiate physical contact (asking for a hug) as well as the wrong ways. Make sure they understand their own boundaries and respect those of the people around them. Human contact can go a long ways in building relationships, as long as people keep it respectful.

Doctor’s Visits

Make sure you take your child to the doctor every few months as the office sees fit. The doctor will examine the baby to see that the child is growing properly and to see that the child is performing actions that are normal for that age, such as sitting up or grasping for objects. This is one of the best ways to learn about how your child compares to others who are the same age. Consider scheduling an appointment with an eye care professional from All About Eyes or a similar provider to get a snapshot of your child’s current vision capabilities.

Toys

There are several toys that can help with learning letters, colors and numbers as well as different sounds. The child can play and learn at the same time, developing cognitive skills that are important for when the child begins talking and when the child starts to attend preschool or kindergarten. There are also toys that can help with sitting up and walking. As they get older, you can start to incorporate more advanced toys that stimulate learning, such as a chemistry.

Floor Space

In order to help your child develop the skills that are needed for sitting up, crawling and walking, make sure that there is plenty of floor space. Place objects just out of reach so that the child has to give a little effort to get to the objects. Remove items in the room so that the child feels safe while moving around. Offer encouragement when milestones are reached, such as crawling or taking the first steps.

Your child will reach many milestones in life. Important ones are often learned before the child starts school. You can ensure that these moments in life are reached by allowing for room to move and by interacting with your child as much as possible.