The Development of the Little Child

by | June 23, 2020

Not all children develop in exactly the same way. Even within a sibling crowd there can be major differences in development. Your newborn baby uses all of his senses.

No child develops in exactly the same way. Even within a sibling crowd there can be major differences in development. Your newborn baby uses all of his senses. It can see, hear and feel and has innate reflexes such as search, grip, and gait reflexes. It is these ways of responding that both the pediatric nurse and the pediatrician examine at the first visits. Every child develops in their own way and there are big differences. Some children are faster than others of the same age, and others need more time.

The Development of the Little Child

About when can the child sit, stand and walk?

The child can lift his head when lying on his stomach at the age of 3 months. When it is 4 months old it can turn from stomach to back. It can sit unsupported at about 6 months of age and in the following months it starts to crawl, preferably backwards.

At the age of 6-10 months, the child’s curiosity increases. It stands up with the help of furniture and grabs everything that is within easy reach. Remember to protect your child from dangerous and sharp objects that you may have standing on the table. Most children can go with support at 10-12 months and can go by themselves at 12-14 months.

Who can you ask for advice?

The nurse and doctor at the BVC monitor your child’s development. If there is any doubt or suspicion that something is wrong, you can contact one of them. They can help you determine if it is still a normal development or not.

The newborn baby’s vision

Children can see immediately when they are born. The newborn can even hold the gaze for a shorter or longer time. When the child is about 2 weeks old it can follow movements and recognize faces and it shows the first signs of a smile. At 4-6 weeks, the child can follow and keep an eye on, for example, a toy. The child begins to show interest in his hands at the age of 2-3 months.

If you suspect your child has poor eyesight, talk to a doctor about it. He / she can determine if there is a reason for a closer examination.

Some children divide. Most often, a slight form of discernment heals out of itself over time. In case of constant or intermittent (alternating) separation after 6 months of age, the child should be examined by an ophthalmologist. Early treatment can prevent a deterioration of vision that can be caused by the scab. When your child is 3 years old, a general practitioner can check your child’s vision with the help of a child chart. If vision is impaired in one or both eyes, it is important to observe this in time, otherwise the child’s development may be inhibited and the visual impairment will be permanent.

When will the first tooth come?

There is a big difference when different children get their first teeth. In some children it seems that they have been born with teeth, while others have to wait until they are 1 year old. There is no benefit to the child getting his teeth early, perhaps the other way around!

The first teeth usually appear in the lower jaw as one or two front teeth. Then one tooth comes after another and all children have fully developed milk teeth at the age of 2 ½.

Why does the child become happy when the teeth start to break out?

There are many misconceptions around when the teeth come. Some people believe that tooth eruptions cause a fever and that the teeth cause inflammation of the ears, that the children become wholesome and do not want to sleep, but that is not the case.

When the first tooth breaks out, a lot happens around the child. Mothers ‘and fathers’ paternity leave is starting to come to an end and many changes are occurring in everyday life. The period of use from breastfeeding to another diet also occurs during the period when the teeth break out.


Tooth breakthroughs do not cause fever. The fever comes from all the childhood diseases that the child goes through. At this time, the risk of infection also increases, as the child meets more foreign people. The older siblings have friends at home and the child may have started in day care. All these factors contribute to an increased risk of infection and thus a fever.

The actual tooth breakthrough can be followed by a little whimper and the child bites the toys and dribbles more because the palate is sore.

Good advice:

  • It is important that your baby does not get many sweet and sour things to eat.
  • Never give your baby juice or juice in the baby bottle, as the teeth can seriously damage it.