As a new parent it can be both a happy and sad moment when you see your baby hit a new milestone. On one hand you feel proud of your baby for their accomplishment but sadness that they are growing up too fast. You may also feel somewhat frustrated when you have seen them crawl or walk on occasion but in general they tend to default to the easier option. This same frustration can also translate to things like wanting your child to hold their own bottle or potty training.
The thing to keep in mind is that although, there is a general age range in which your child should be hitting these milestones every child is different and they will transition when they are ready.
As the parent this may make you feel useless, you want to help or feel that you are encouraging your child in some way. Well, the truth is that how quickly your child conquers a milestone like walking is based on their own confidence and motivation. As their parent all you can really do is increase their confidence by praising them and ensuring they have a safe accessible environment to practice their new-found skill.
Here are a few HH tips on how to feel valuable in aiding your child’s developmental milestones.
1. Do some Feng Shui – Look around your house, are there obstacles on the floor that are making it hard for your child to crawl or walk?
2. Declutter – Clutter equals stress. A baby will feel overwhelmed if there are too many toys on the floor or in their room. Chose at most 2-3 toys for your baby to play with at one time.
3. Organize! Organize! Organizer! – Once you’ve decluttered start organizing. An organized home creates a peaceful home. Put things in accessible easy places that will help your home run smoother..i.e. extra socks by the door, diapers and wipes on each floor. (Check out Harmonious Households Organized Living and Pre-baby Home Consultation services).
4. Land your helicopter– Helicopter parenting is not good for you or your child. You may want to be involved with every little aspect of your baby’s life but this can be smothering to your child. Being overly anxious and encouraging them too much can actually cause them to regress in their development. Take a second to relax and have a few deep breaths. Enjoy what your child is doing now and trust that in their own time they will move on to the next milestone.