Gross Motor Skills

A quick search on Google will reveal that motor skill are simple actions that involve your baby using their muscles.
There are two types of motor skills taught and learnt, Gross Motor Skills and Fine Motor Skills. Here we’ll cover what are Gross Motor Skills

Gross motor skills are, in essence, simple larger movements your baby will make with their arm, legs, feet or their entire body.

Jumping in a jolly jumper, running or crawling and Gross Motor Skills.
As your baby begins to grow into a toddler, their development of these gross motor skills will help them to hold their head up, sit upright and eventually walk, run and skip.

A quick search on Google will reveal that motor skill are simple actions that involve your baby using their muscles.
There are two types of motor skills taught and learnt, Gross Motor Skills and Fine Motor Skills. Here we’ll cover what are Gross Motor Skills

Gross motor skills are, in essence, simple larger movements your baby will make with their arm, legs, feet or their entire body.
Jumping in a jolly jumper, running or crawling and Gross Motor Skills.
As your baby begins to grow into a toddler, their development of these gross motor skills will help them to hold their head up, sit upright and eventually walk, run and skip.
All babies will develop gross motor skills at different times. Babies develop their skills at their pace. Here is a rough guideline on gross motor skills milestones.

0-3 months
You can gently flex your infant's legs back and forth and in a bicycle movement while they are on their back. You can also do gentle neck exercises by helping your baby look at bright and shiny objects. Making silly to help them turn their head is great too. Babies need variety, so helping them into various positions when they are awake, so they are forced to move their arms and legs are a great way to keep them moving.

3-6 months
Between 3 and six months, you can place your infant on their belly and help them to reach for a toy.
At six months, your baby may do the following:

  • hold their head up when being in a sitting position 
  • roll around
  • push themselves up into their arms when they are on their belly
  • pivot their body when leaning on their hands

6-9 months
From six to nine months, your little one should be turning into a busy body wanting to explore all sorts. Once their legs and arms are strong, you little one may start to enjoy standing.
- Put some toys on the couch or a little table to encourage them to reach for them.
- You can also create a small optical course where your baby can crawl under tables in and behind chairs. It's a great idea to make sure all surfaces are sterile and clean.

9-12 months
Around about one-year-old, most babies will be able to do the following things:
- sit without support
- crawl on hand and knees
- stand for a few seconds
- move into a standing position

Many mums have said they have used pillows to help prop up their little one. Why not use an ultimate or butterfly pillow to use as part of your optical course or use as a little den?