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Gross Motor Milestone (12-18months)

At 12 months

At 12 months, your child may take his very first independent step.  Independent walking is a very important milestone. It represents a new phase of the child’s development, being independent from caregiver and able to explore new things on his own that used to be out of reach. With the new found skill, he will be a more confident baby. He will be constantly challenging his walking and balance skills on different terrians and falling occasionally. It is definitely alright to fall, as no baby can learn how to walk without falling.

As walking balance improves, your child will be able to multitask. He will be able to walk and hold his favourite toy at the same time. He will also be learning to lower himself from standing into sitting position with increasing control.

At 18 months

Your child has been perfecting the basic gross motor skills for the past 18 months and is now ready for more advance skills. He will be able to climb up the staircase with assistance, a step at a time. He will be able to kick a ball in standing, although with a poor sense of direction. He will be able to walk fast, and attempting to run. This is the age that you can introduce your child to a tricycle, or a balance bike.

18 months is usually considered the cut off month for a child learning to walk independently. If your child is still not walking independently at this stage, you may want to seek an expert opinion on your child’s motor development.

  • Gross Motor Milestone Brochure

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Gross Motor Milestone (7-12 months)

7 months old

Sitting balance is improving. The child will be able to sit momentarily without arm support. In prone, the trunk extensors and upper limbs are strong enough to allow child to push his chest off the floor. He will be able to reach for objects with one hand, while supporting the weight of the upper body with the other.

9 months old

By 9 months old, the child will be able to sit independently on the floor for about 10 minutes or longer. Trunk control developed over months of practice enabled the child to reach for toys in sitting without toppling over. The baby will find transiting from lying to sitting a breeze. There will be repeated failed attempts to pull himself to standing. At this stage, the child may start to crawl, although some children do skip this milestone.

12 months old

Pulling furniture to standing and crawling are no longer a problem for a 12-month-old child. Other alternate ways to move around are by bottom shuffle or bear walk. The child will be perfecting his walking skills at this age. He will be able to walk with one handhold. The base of support may be large due to poor hip strength and balance. However, as the child practices, walking will be faster and steadier. This is the stage that parents will not want to miss as the child may initiate their first independent step at any moment.

– 7-12 months Gross motor milestone pamphlet

Disclaimer: The information and advice contained in or made available through this website is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the services of a health professional or to be a substitute for medical advice of physicians.
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