Parents want to know everything about their children and make memories with them. One of the best ways is to track your child’s development. Always remember to take a lot of photos and videos, so you have memories you can easily look back on! You can also use a voice recorder or keep a written journal with your child. Finally, measure your child’s height every few months and start a treasure box filled with all the items they collect as they grow up! There are so many fun ways to make memories with your sweet kids!
How To Track Your Child’s Development
Capture Moments With Pictures
Take pictures of your child’s artwork, how they play and behave at different stages of their development and hang them with wall frames for decor or reminiscing.
Taking photos is an excellent way to document all those precious moments you want to hold onto forever. You will be amazed how much kids change in just a year or two! Use Instagram hashtags like #momlife, #kidscorner, etc., so that other parents can share their kid’s stories with you too. These are great for seeing what kinds of things other children do as well!
You could also take videos on your phone or camera and save them online somewhere. Some websites allow people to create slideshows from different videos, which would be an excellent option if you have several short clips from each year.
Use a Voice Recorder
This is a great way to keep track of your child’s milestones. Simply attach the recorder to them and let it run as they are playing or sleeping. Then, when you have some free time later in the day, listen back- this will quickly allow you to see how far along their development is progressing.
Most smartphones have a voice recorder app. Just record milestones or essential facts about your child, and add them to the notes section of their profile. This makes it easy for you to remember what they said each day.
Record Many Videos of Your Child’s Development
One of the best things you can do is record as many videos of your children (and yourself) as possible, especially when they are young. You will want these for future reference and comparison purposes so that you have a good library from which to draw data on their growth over time.
Recording video isn’t too difficult; in fact, it has become pretty standard with most cell phones today thanks to built-in cameras or other easy methods such as using apps like Instagram or Snapchat.
Keep Track of Their Height
Keep track of their height and weight by measuring them regularly. You can use a height chart to track their growth, and you could even put the measurements on your refrigerator for everyone in the family to see!
Use Notebooks for Writing Down Every Developmental Milestone
One way to track your child’s development is by writing down milestones. You can use a notebook or an online form, but you should write them in the same place to avoid missing anything. Make sure you are as accurate as possible with these milestones because each will help indicate if they have reached certain levels of their development process and what stage they might be at now.
It also gives parents something concrete to compare against during future checkups with their pediatrician. Also, keep in mind that some children develop faster than others based on many different factors like education level of parent, socioeconomic status, genetics, among other things. So if your child is not developing at the same rate as other children their age, it may be a good idea to contact your pediatrician.
Use notebooks for writing down your observations. Of course, you can also use a phone or tablet if you prefer technology to paper, but keep in mind that the device is not as good of an archival tool for long-term reference.
Start a Treasure Box
When your child is about a year old, it can be fun to start a treasure box. Each time you notice that an activity has taken place (playing with blocks, having breakfast together, and so on) – put one or two items in the treasure box for them. You might give each new thing its special bag if you like too. For example, say they are playing well by themselves today; take out their favorite toy from when they were tiny and add it to the box along with some of their little-kid-sized clothes. Look through photo albums to see what other things will go in there as well!
In conclusion, there are many things you can do to track your child’s development. There is no one-size-fits-all plan for children, but some guidelines will help guide parents through the process of knowing what their child needs and how they need it.