Recalling the growth chart of my daughter,
- She started smiling when she was 2 months.
- She rolled over her tummy when she was 2.5 months.
- Her teeth arrived out of her gums when she was 7 months.
- She pushed herself and started to move forward by dragging her stomach when she was 9.5 months.
- She spoke a lot of words when she was 10 months. Her first word was ‘APPA’. Damn….it was not ‘AMMA’!!! How ridiculous!!!!
- She sat on her own without support when she was 11 months old.
- She began crawling on four legs when she was 1 year.
- She took her first independent steps when she was 14 months.
- She still preferred crawling on 4 legs for another two more months though she could take a few more steps on her own.
- By now (by 14 months) she spoke long sentences and could answer back loads of questions. Many of her words were very clear.
- She started walking confidently without any hesitation when she 1.6 years old.
It seems a little foolish that I am listing down her growth like this. But in the due course I have been worried about her milestone all the time.
If you look at the list again, she was in her roll over phase for such a long time. When most of the babies could sit and crawl on 4 legs, she was still in her roll over phase. And there are cases when some babies run around at 10 months, my daughter had just started dragging herself forward.
Actually when I knew the rollover is happening normally, she was responding to lot of verbal language, reacting to loads of baby activities, her food intake was healthy and good at every stage of her growth; I should not have worried at all. But, various external factors push a new mother in to lot of confusion and worries.
First and foremost it is the people (especially those jobless aunties) who instantly begin to compare your baby to other babies and begin to quote the difference. This adds a lot of worries. Do not entertain such people. I gathered lot of courage and would instantly argue back that “she is perfect and that is how she is. No one is in any hurry; let her take her own time.” And my stiff answer would stop them to talk to me at least on this growth matter.
I understood that I should not compare my baby with someone else baby. It is a simple fact that every baby is unique. They have their own pace and their own level of confidence. Do not lose your confidence, and please do not force upon your child for anything that he/she is not willing to. Give your baby your space. Babies know well what they have to do. Just give a good support and encourage your baby.
If you are still not satisfied, the best person to consult is your doctor and no one else. He will give the clear idea of your baby’s growth.
How have you gone through your baby growth chart? Any experiences?
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