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Tracking developmental milestones

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YANNA has learned to walk when she was one year and two months (February 7, 2019 to be exact).

It was a bit late compared to other infants who started walking as young as eight months.

I almost got frustrated because I had tried different ways to train her and I started receiving comments (both constructive and offensive) from people that surround us.

Did you know that letting her follow an empty gallon of water motivated her to walk? LOL!

Here's what I learned from our experience that might also help other moms and moms-to-be:

1. Do not force a child to reach her/his developmental milestones like rolling over, crawling, walking and talking. It will always be best to allow them to explore things on their own.

2. Too much use of walker hampers a child's motor skills. They become passive. (I am guilty as charged.)

3. Do not be overprotective. Learn to trust your child as she moves around.

4. Explore on items that will help her motivate to walk. Who would ever thought that an empty gallon of water would be a big help to us?

In our monthly visits, her pediatrician, Dr. Rose Marie Naval of San Pedro Hospital, checks on Yanna's milestones. We appreciated how she suggests ways on how to deal with our toddler that will contribute to her growth and development.

If you've been tracking your child's milestones, it's also best to talk with your child's doctor at every visit about your child has reached and what to expect next.

[The writer appreciates story suggestions. Follow her on Instagram at @mommyaracasastumuran. Subscribe to her YouTube channel www.youtube.com/c/AraCasasTumuran.]


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