The top two milestones in a child’s first year.
There are so many milestones in a child’s first year from rolling over, to sitting up, to standing, first words and maybe even first steps. But Sharon Hall, author of Raising Kids in the 21st Century says there is one milestone that is more important than all others. “In the first year, the developmental milestones we need to be looking for are, quite simply, children’s interest in other people and interest in things, so I guess I would put that as number one. And then number two, that they learn some amount of self-regulation so that when they are fed, held, clothed, for example, they have some ability to calm themselves after adults have attended to them. Those are very important over those first six to seven months of life, that ability to self-regulate and keep an interest in their environment.” Lack of interest could mean hearing or vision difficulties or other problems, so have it checked.
The Parent Report’s guest expert is Sharon Hall, author of Raising Kids in the 21st Century.
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