Children grow in the blink of an eye. One minute they are helpless newborns and the next thing we know, they’re starting a family of their own. Okay, well maybe not that fast. But the point here is kids evolve on a daily basis and absorb something new every day. They always seem to surprise parents with what they learn to master each day, be it from their first words, the first steps to their first time feeding themselves. They leave parents in awe with their silly but wonderfully entertaining rendition of "Baby Shark" and leave parents smiling the whole day just thinking about their soft little kisses and hugs.
Parents try to capture each and every milestone possible but there are times when a few will be missed. But worry not, here at Moms, we have listed 20 of the most important milestones a child will go through in life from their first candle to the third so each and every parent can keep track of when to capture the most precious moments of their lives. And one day when we are all old and grey, we will be able to look back at the videos and pictures and reminisce about the good old days back when the kids did not know how to rebel and drive us nuts.
20 Taking The First Step (12 - 18 Months)
The first step. The mother of all milestones. The one act that can literally move even the toughest parents to tears. So remember to bookmark your calendar and watch out for signs that the baby is ready to explore the world on his or her own two feet. Get your cameras ready because you never know when they will prop themselves up and move about on their own. Once the first steps have been mastered, parents will see their muscled arms slowly revert back to the flimsy and flabby arms that once dominated their bodies.
19 Doing The Squat (12 - 18 Months)
The walk is usually accompanied by mastering the squat. Now do not look down on the squat. It may look like a simple bodily movement but the squat requires a multitude of hand, eye and torso coordination. Any bodily parts that are out of sync will result in the child falling back. Remember seeing Tai Chi masters who can sit on squatting positions all day long? Well, this normal squat to our kids is akin to mastering the Tai Chi squat of kung fu masters.
18 Dressing Themselves (15 - 18 Months)
By the time a child reaches around one and a half years of age, he or she would start to gain some independence. There might be times when we will notice them trying to mimic adult behaviours, such as dressing themselves. Give them a hand and they might swat your hand away and give you major side eye. Never mind if they get the buttons all wrong, so long as they manage to accomplish they want to try, let them.
17 Yes & No (15 - 18 Months)
During this period of time, children learn to voice their preferences, either with a verbal yes and no or simple nods and head shakes. This ability to answer makes it a lot easier for parents to better understand their kid’s likes and dislikes. If they have yet to master this skill, fret not. Continue to talk to them as usual, include animated head and hand gestures to help them better understand us and sooner or later, they will pick up the ability to display to answer you. And by then, the household will probably be bombarded with endless no-no-nos.
16 Drinking From A Cup (15- 18 Months)
Children observe adults a lot. And what they see, they follow. So it is only normal for kids to try and drink from cups as adults do. Nevermind that their hand-eye coordination isn't the best; they just want to give it a try. And when they do try, do not attempt to stop them. So what if they get their shirts and pants wet? What are bibs for if not for times such as these? Let them spill their beverages. They will learn through trial and error and before you know it, we can say goodbye to the bottles and sippy cups! Yay! Does the victory dance.
15 Baby Talk (15 - 18 Months)
Baby talk can be extremely amusing and entertaining. We strain our ears and search our brains to understand the little ones simple, yet indecipherable comprehension. Eventually, though, we will learn what they are trying to tell us. Perhaps they saw an airplane in the sky, or maybe they would like to play with the cat. But what comes out of their mouths might sound like ‘ay-pang’ and ‘meow’ instead of the actual words that we adults associate with.
14 Following Simple Instructions (19 - 24 Months)
By the time they get to blow two candles on the birthday cake, babies would officially graduate from babyhood to toddlerhood. And with this upgrade, expect your toddler to be able to follow simple instructions like, "please pick up the diaper and throw it in the bin" and "okay, let's take off your clothes. It's time for a bath." At this age, they should be able to carry out simple one to two-step directions without any difficulties. So sit back and relax. You'll be getting a little helper in the house soon.
13 Dancing With The Stars (19 - 24 Months)
Notice how most two-year-olds would move their bodies to upbeat tunes? No? Well, try it out. Play "Baby Shark" and we guarantee the baby (wait, we mean toddler. It can be hard to stop calling our children 'baby', even long after they have left for college) will dance the night away. While some toddlers do not particularly like music, most of them, in general, will sway according to the beat and enjoy singing along to the tunes. Play Mozart, The Beatles, *NYSYNC, One Direction or BTS on your music player and you might just have yourself a little star in the making.
12 Expansion of The Toddler’s Dictionary (19 - 24 Months)
While once their speech contained simple words that could barely be understood by anyone except mom and dad, the toddler now has mastered a wider comprehension and will be able to carry simple conversations with adults. While discussions about whether a wall would be of any benefit to anyone or what the Dow Jones will be like are out of the window, parents will still be able to enjoy simple and innocent talks like why the color blue is much nicer than orange.
11 The Imitation Game (19 - 24 Months)
Your mini-me would be most prominent at this age. If the toddler is a girl, expect her to like carrying bags and wearing shoes before going out of the house. If the toddler is a boy, he might have an obsession with sunglasses and cars, just like daddy. As parents, we will need to watch our tongue and actions because we never know what bad and weird habits the little ones might pick up.
10 Story Time Please (25 - 36 Months)
Between 2 - 3 years old, a child will be exposed to more stories in life than they will ever be. Their brains are like sponges at this time, absorbing anything and everything that comes their way. So many children tend to develop a massive interest in stories. And because they are only young once, read them as many stories as you can. Allow their minds to wonder, introduce them to worlds unknown and let their imagination soar. They will thank you for this one day.
9 But Why? (25- 36 Months)
Why? Why? Why? Why on Earth do the kids have to ask why? It is undeniably the most annoying word ever invested in the history of mankind. It can drive even the most patient parent up the wall. But regardless of how much we loathe to have to answer the dreaded questions, the 'why' phase is here to stay. And stay it will for at least a year or so before the kids start acting smart and have answers to practically every question (and sometimes they give you answers even when they aren't addressed).
8 Let’s Be Friends (25 - 36 Months)
By the time the kids are two, they will learn one of life's most important survival skills. Making friends. They usually start by playing alongside one another before ending up chasing after each other. They may or may not remember their friends' names in the years to come but what is most important is that they master the skill of socializing and interacting with one another. So go ahead, encourage them to befriend little Sally or little Vidya in school. Have them come over for play dates and we will see our kids flourish and grow.
7 Tell The Time (25 - 36 Months)
Some of the teachers in playschool would probably start teaching about 'time' by the time the kids turn 3. Many will be curious about the clock or 'those strange numbers on mummy's wrist' long before they are able to comprehend about time. If they ask, take some time to try to explain to them in the simplest way possible. Perhaps 12 o'clock means lunch and 9 o'clock means bedtime. Associating time with something they are familiar with will make it easier for them to pick up reading the clock.
6 Time For School (25 - 36 Months)
Parents are happiest when their child reaches the age of preschool. This is a jubilant time for parents as they will finally get some time off from their kids. Granted, a parent's love for their child knows no bounds but hey, parents need some time off too. So when the kids turn two or three, the parents can happily ship them off to playschool. Sure the first week or so might be filled with cries and sniffles but once the kids settle in and make new friends, it would be a lot easier for the parents to drop them off at school.
5 Arts & Crafts (25 - 36 Months)
In school, teachers will usually teach the kids simple arts and crafts. At home, we can continue the tradition too. Give them colored papers, toddler-friendly scissors, color pencils, and glue and they will happily snip and glue away. To the kids, the sky is the limit so do not be surprised by the creativity. Let us try not to refrain their mindset by trying to correct them on how a specific craft is supposed to look like, instead, let them explore and take lots of pictures of them having fun. Keep a collage of their crafts too for memories sake, because by the time they become teens, we won't be able to pry them away from their smartphones.
4 Sophisticated Speech (25 - 36 Months)
While baby talk dominated the scene during the first two years of the child's life, he/ she will pretty much evolve into a toddler who can talk at the speed of a bullet train. And talk they will. So much so that we would be pleading for them to stop. They will amaze everyone around with their depth of comprehension and surprise us with how deep of an understatement they have on certain matters. They might even have their very own opinion about things that we think are trivial and would jump at the chance to give heartfelt speeches as to why they should own more than 10 stuffed bears of the same color.
3 Separation Anxiety (25 - 36 Months)
Many parents are caught by surprise by their child's sudden reappearance of separation anxiety. These seemingly happy and confident toddlers will suddenly become clingy and teary everytime mummy and daddy have to leave the scene. Parents worry not. This is normal. Apparently, this is a process of growing up. The child is slowly but surely learning and realizing their own capabilities to perform many tasks and yet, they worry about being abandoned by their favourite people once they master certain skills. Hence, their frustrations and tears.
2 Independence (25 - 36 Months)
Just as there will be separation anxieties, there will also be a stance for independence. The toddler will want to put on his own shirt, tie his own sneakers, comb her own hair, feed herself, drive daddy's car, use mummy's computer, etc. The desire to prove their ability to do things for themselves and to act like adults will lock into full gear at this time and the struggle for power could render many parents extremely frustrated yet amused. "Come, let's bake a cake sweetheart" "okay mummy, here let me pour the flour". Proceeds to dump a whole box of flour all over the kitchen floor and make angel wings.
1 The Rebellion (25 - 36 Months)
Around this time, our children will start questioning our advice and actions. Their brains will say "why should we listen to mummy? She's always nagging". And it is during these trying times that we truly see our children's true character to take form. Their streaks of stubbornness, their empathy towards their siblings and their desire to do things their own way will emerge. This is what we call the rebellion stage. Handled well and we will get a child who grows into a well rounded, intellectual child who has respect for others. Too many harsh punishments for their rebellion and we might just end up with even more rebellion down the line. Hey, no one ever said parenting was easy.
References: babycenter.com, wikipedia.com.