What are the physical indicators for Child Development, from birth to 7 years of age?
From infancy to about 7 years of age children grow rapidly. They quickly move from helpless babies to thinking and mature individuals. When my baby was growing up, I had no idea what to expect as far as knowing the stages of physical child development, but understanding her needs and behaviors to find developmental programs to aid in her learning opportunities and activities was a priority for me. Here, I cover some guidelines for parents seeking to understand physical development from birth to 7 years.
The early years of child development
Between birth and three years of age most children are practicing large motor skills like crawling, walking and eventually running! By the beginning of the next stage of 3 to 5 years old, your child should be developing fine motor skills, developmental programs should focus on helping them practice dexterity and coordination to manipulate small objects, like using crayons. From the ages five to seven, child development really increases in the physical side of things and you may notice they are much more energetic. The increase in energy and motivation to do more things is normal for physical development from birth to 7 years but all children do not develop at the same speed, so do not compare your child to other children at this stage.
The later years of child development
By age five, child development is going by quickly, your child may seem clumsy and uncoordinated because their physical awareness is not up to the same speed as their actual growth. The age of 6 and 7, you will notice your child using large motor skills more, with activities like riding a bike. Remember, all children will not develop the same physically, there is a variation in skills and abilities. So, what can you do to ensure your little ones have the right developmental programs to support their physical changes?
Often, children at this age are interested in sports activities, but even if they are not, the most important thing is making sure they have the opportunity for physical activity every day. Exercise plays a major role in healthy development of children’s physical development from birth to 7 years, but it is especially meaningful to set them up with good habits that will impact their later developmental years.