We all know when kids should sit up, walk, talk, and get a driver’s license. But what about some of those other important “firsts” that don’t get as much press? Here are seven milestones that we think deserve more notice.
1 What: Sees in stereo When: 2 to 4 months Your baby used to see in two dimensions, but now he’s seeing the world in three. His cerebral cortex has matured enough that he can merge the input from both eyes — no goofy 3-D glasses required.
2 What: First true laugh When: 4 to 5 months Babies start smiling at 2 to 3 months, but at around 4 to 5 months that smile may turn to laughter in response to surprising or incongruous events, thanks to her rapidly developing cerebral cortex. Finally, someone to laugh at your Three Stooges antics.
3 What: Knows her own name When: 5 to 8 monthsThough she won’t be able to speak it for some time, by this age your baby knows her own name and will look up if you call it. Good luck getting her to continue doing this throughout her teenage years.
4 What: Plays with privates When: 1 to 2 years By this age, many children have discovered that it feels good to touch their privates. It’s all sensation at this point. They won’t be angry at you for barging into the room without knocking for a long time yet.
5 What: Pumps on a swing When: 4 to 5 years A child this age can finally figure out how to pump her legs on a swing. Now you can drink your coffee in peace — at least for two minutes.
6 What: Two-sided body control When: 7 to 8 years The two sides of the brain have now developed enough body control that your child can hold a piece of paper in one hand and write on it with the other, which makes passing notes in class much easier.
7 What: Shows modesty When: 8 to 9 years The desire for privacy usually hits around this age. Even a child who was a dedicated nudist until now might suddenly blush and grab a cover-up. No more embarrassing episodes when the neighbor drops by.
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