A developmental milestone is a skill that a child acquires within a specific time frame.
Milestones mark the normal progression of a newborn baby to childhood and into adulthood.
They can also help assess whether a child is developing motor and cognitive skills at the average rate or not.
Your baby should be able to sit without support and be pulling themselves to a standing position.
Your child will now learn to run without tripping too often. Your child will also learn to jump on both feet, walk up and down the stairs unaided and begin to balance on one foot for a few seconds.
At this age, walking should be fully developed and your child’s feet should move from a flat shape when walking to a more normal adult position. Your child will learn to throw and catch a large ball and even ride a tricycle.
Hopping, climbing and skipping are activities that your child may love to practice. Tripping and having accidents often is a sign the child may have some walking and running issues that need to be sorted out.
Your child has grown into a little person ready for school and all the fun years to come. At this age, your child should have no problem walking, running, jumping, hopping, balancing on one foot for 10 seconds, kicking balls, etc.
If your child does have any motor problems that you may notice or complains of tripping a lot and not keeping up with other kids, don’t hesitate to seek advice from a Podiatrist.
It is very normal for children to skip some milestones or reach them a bit later on than other kids their age.
If your child does not match up with a certain milestone, it is no cause for panic. However if you’re feeling concerned, check with your Podiatrist for advice.
A Podiatrist is able to give you information on your child, from the way they walk, to what type of shoes your child should be wearing for correct development.
It’s always best to address any problems early on to help prevent future problems once they become adults.
If you are concerned with your child’s physical and mobility milestones, or have any questions regarding the development of their feet it’s best to consult with a Podiatrist.