Child development: crawling, running, talking

How do I encourage my child to learn to speak? Why is exercise so important for my child? More in this chapter.

Which movements should a child be able to do?

Caution: "Should a child be able to when" always sounds a bit like danger when there is a deviation. But even deviations are usually normal, rarely is a developmental delay actually a medical problem.

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When does a child learn certain hand and finger skills?

In the development of a child there are norms for everything. For example, a time when something normally happens. This also applies to the movements of the hands and fingers.

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When should I stop my pacifier from my child? And how?

The pacifier is loved by many children. And their parents are happy when it works in this way with the comforting, soothing and tension reduction. At least at the age of 2 years, however, you should - gently, but consistently - provide for the pacifier withdrawal from your child. The constant pacifier can otherwise lead to permanent deformations of the child's jaw.

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When does the child learn to speak?

As with all other child development, the beginning of speech is very variable in time. Even if "standard values" are stated below, lagging behind does not give rise to excessive concern. If in doubt, just talk to the pediatrician.

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My child lags behind in learning to speak: What to do?

In general, the reasons for a late speech are harmless and not about a severe developmental disorder. Since language development, like most other physical-mental developmental processes, is an individual and multi-faceted affair, "late speakers" are usually all-clear.

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How long is the feeding bottle allowed?

Similar to the pacifier, the feeding bottle is a popular means of comforting, calming and relaxing children and parents alike. At the age of 2 years, however, you should ensure at the latest for the weaning of the Nuckelflasche. Because with the constant and mostly uncontrolled drinking from vacuum cleaner bottle and Schnabeltasse threatens a heavy tooth damage by tooth decay. And even if your child only consumes water. But especially when it comes to sweetened or acidic drinks, such as fruit juice and spritzer, lemonade, iced tea, sweetened tea etc.

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What is the normal mental development of the child?

The following times for certain mental abilities are "norm values". A lag behind is not the same cause for exaggerated concern. If in doubt, just talk to the pediatrician.

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At what age do children start to smile or play with parents and other children?

Also social contacts want to be learned. The intensive exchange with parents and other children develops slowly during the first years of life. Especially the conscious playing with other children usually starts surprisingly late.

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How do children show their emotions at what age?

Smile, cuddling, but also being alone and grief can cope: In the first years of life, children expand their spectrum of emotional utterances almost every week.

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My child does not crawl - is this normal?

Although it is not "normal" in the sense of being frequent, it will in all likelihood still bring your baby to the walker and to a "normal" person in this regard.

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Gehfrei: How useful is the baby walker - and from when?

As a walker, a walker should keep toddlers on their feet during their first steps, helping them learn to walk faster and better.Mostly it is a kind of cart, in which the child is placed or which it is to push, holding on to a crossbar.

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Development of the child: what is "normal"?

With regard to the developmental data of a child, the concept of normality, as in the case of growth in size and weight development, is a purely statistical concept of norm: "normal" is the time at which most children make a certain developmental step.

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Is masturbation normal in small children?

Yes. And from early on. That already infants masturbate, but was "overlooked" for a long time. At the same time, the little ones are already practicing at this age, as ultrasounds of the unborn child in the mother's stomach show.

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What is meant by the "mini-puberty" in boys?

In the 2nd to 4th month of life, ie soon after birth, there is an increased release of so-called gonadotropic hormones in boys. These are formed in the brain to act on the gonads.

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