I think back to when my LO was around 4 months old, I was googling anything and everything. Trying to find out when she’d grow hair, when she’d get her first tooth, when she’d start crawling, when she’s start walking even.
There’s all these websites about “hitting milestones” and it makes you have thoughts about whether your baby is below average, average or above average in hitting them.
Throw all that out the window.
I have learned through multiple parents that none of these websites that explain milestones matter. Some baby get their first tooth at 14 months, some babies start their first few steps at 15 months… it’s all relative.
Wherever your baby is in life is just fine. The only thing you need to be conscious of, is that your baby is a happy and healthy baby and so are you mama!
My daughter started sitting up completely on her own at 4 months. Everyone was like wow, that’s so early! She said her first mama around 4.5 months and everyone was like wow that’s so advanced!
Well guess what? She started crawling late into her 9 months, really about 10 months. Even then, she was doing a worm type of crawl. Around 10.5 months, her first tooth popped out and it’s still not completely showing. She just now (at 11 months) started pulling herself up and sitting back down, walking on her walker by herself and drinking out of her sippy cup when she feels like it. So I’m like whatever right, when it’s meant to happen, it’ll happen!
Your baby is perfect and unique just the way he/she is. Parents who stress too much about milestones are just causing unnecessary stress for themselves and you don’t want that energy around your little one. I have parents telling me that they are holding note cards up with numbers and the alphabet for their babies starting at 6 months. Lol!
I know that I for one, can definitely wait a couple of months before I have to start chasing my daughter everywhere because she’s so mobile. Everytime I take her to the pediatrician, he tells me she’s super healthy and that’s the most important thing I can ask for.
Your baby is learning from all their surroundings. Taking them outside, them seeing dogs play at the dog park, them going to the grocery store, the mall, being around other kids and/or your family. They learn by just playing with your bedrooms spring door stop.
Unless your pediatrician tells you something specific about your baby, I’ve learned to let all these milestones go. My daughter wasn’t sipping a sippy cup or showing any teeth by 6 months, she wasn’t crawling at 7 months, she’s almost 12 months and not close to walking by herself… and I’m as happy as I can be. She’s got a full head of hair that stands straight up and a toothless smile and she is my everything !<3