Milestones: How I Keep Up
by Haleigh from South Carolina
Milestones are very important. They are the ways a child learns, plays, moves, and develops at certain levels of their life. One of the fun parts of being a parent is keeping up with these wonderful aspects in their life. Life gets busy and it is sometimes hard to keep up with all the wonderful milestones in our little one’s life. Finding ways to track those milestones can be very easy and most people carry it with them at all times of the day.
One way to keep up is an app you can download from the CDC on your phone. It helps you keep up with their milestones at your fingertips. Just go to your phone's app store and search CDC milestones, and it is simple to use. All you have to do is insert your baby’s birthday. It will give you increments of two, four, six, and nine months, and a year old. It continues until their fifth birthday. This app will help you know what you need to work on or discuss with their pediatrician.
Second is a baby memory book. I ordered mine from Amazon and it helps me keep up with other milestones that might not be as important to the baby’s doctor. In five to ten years you can look back on this book and be flooded with wonderful memories of their first five years. The one I purchased comes with stickers so you can take pictures of your child every month, and a folder in the back for items like your baby's first tooth or whatever you may want to save.
Keeping up with your baby’s milestones is a very important job, and it can be fun too. Just remember to not stress about it too hard, and do as much or as little as you can. As long as the baby is happy and healthy, and is in good standing with their pediatrician, keep doing you!
This blog was written by one of our guest bloggers, Haleigh.
I am a mother of one, with four cats and a dog. I love spending my time at home with my little family.
Want more information on this topic? wichealth.org has a free online lesson series called Milestones Matter. Find all 5 lessons in this series on wichealth.org in the Understanding Developmental Milestones category!