When your baby is newborn, his brain is not mature enough to control skilled movement. Development starts at his head then moves down the body as he slowly learns to do different movements. A newborn baby can control his mouth, face, lips and tongue and the rest follows in time, at a slightly different pace for all children. Your baby learns to control his neck before his shoulders and his shoulders before his back. Your baby can control his arms before his hands and his hands before his fingers.  Slowly babies develop gross motor and then fine motor skills. Some milestones of physical development for parents or caregivers to note include:

  • at 6 months – baby can sit straight, 
  • at 12 months they take first steps, 
  • at 24 months they can jump and 
  • at 36 months they can cut with scissors and run on their toes