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Conway, AR 72034 

501.329.5459

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1900 Aldersgate Road 

Little Rock, AR 72205 

501.821.5459

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Russellville

301 N Sidney Ave 

Russellville, AR 72801 

479.890.5494

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Sherwood

1540 Country Club

Sherwood, AR 72120 

501.753.5459

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Conway, AR 72032

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Milestones

When your child is between the age of 3-6 months, you can expect to see more and more of his developing personality in what motivates, excites, and stimulates movement. If a child is not meeting milestones in their age (3-6 months), here are some things that you can do to help!

  • Positioning is the key to movement. Babies need the opportunity and freedom to move. They learn by repetition of movement in a variety of positions. It is very difficult to learn to roll, crawl or sit independently from a car seat, bouncy seat or swing. Please uses these devices sparingly.
    • A car seat should be limited to the safe transportation of your baby while in the car.
  • Tummy time is a must! Maximize baby’s awake time. Place him on his tummy frequently throughout the day. Encourage lifting his head to look at you, to look at himself in a mirror or objects that offer distinct contrast in color.
    • If he has difficulty lifting his head, place a small towel roll under his chest with arms positioned in front  of the roll and provide gentle strokes from his shoulders toward his bottom. Often the gentle downward support allows his weight to shift freeing the arms to assist with pushing up and lifting his head.
    • Encourage turning his head to look to the left and right.
    • Begin placing toys in front of him and gradually move them to arms length to encourage reaching in preparation for forward crawling movement or gradually move them to the left and right in preparation for pivoting or turning body to left/right side.
  • Place baby on his back and encourage reaching for his toes with his hands.
    • Put rattles or toys on feet to encourage looking at his feet. This will cause his chin to tuck and activate his tummy muscles for strengthening. As he begins to reach with one and/or two hands he may initiate rolling or falling to his side.
    • Allow time for play in side lying. Roll him to his back and let him practice rolling again. Encourage rolling to either side.
  • To encourage rolling from his back to his stomach, place your hands on his hips and gently rotate hips either to left or right and allow him time to lift his head from the surface and move with you as you roll him over.
    • To gain strength assist him only half way and roll him back to his back and repeat motion several times before rolling completely to his stomach.
    • Vary your speed as your baby begins to respond more consistently.  
  • To gain strength for sitting balance, place your baby sitting on your lap supporting him at his upper trunk (lowering your hand placement to his hips as he gains strength and control) and gently lift your legs one at a time creating a side to side rocking motion to challenge balance with small weight shifts allowing time to regain balance to upright position.
    • Place your baby in a sitting postion so that their legs form a ring position. Offer balance support with your hands on his upper trunk and gradually lower your support to encourage independent balance with his hands free to play.
    • Place toys in front and to either side in arms reach to encourage reaching and weight shifting.
  • Limit time in supported standing. At this age babies need as much body contact with surface area as possible. This will help develop strength as they work against the support surface. Standing on your feet offers the least amount of body contact with the surface.
For more milestones at this age visit Milestone Moments: 6-9 Months.