5 Must Know Milestones For Baby & a Bonus Nathan Wallis Video

The key development milestones for babies occurs during their first 3 years of life. This is when 80% of their developmental milestones happen. In other words, 80% of their brain development occurs during their first 1000 days.


Watch Bonus Video featuring celebrity guest and Neuroscience Expert, Nathan Wallis Below. Nathan talks about milestones for babies and why he endorses The Arc Assistant Learning Tower.
Our children are little sponges! They are taking in every little piece of knowledge about the world around them. Every sound, colour, picture, and movement all adds to baby development.

5 Must Know Milestones For Baby

Five pictures of a baby from two months to one year old, lying on back, then their tummy, then crawling, then kneeling, then standing - all wearing a white stretch and grow


1. Teaching them new words.

The best way to help them meet this ever changing development milestone is to simply spend time with them. Talking FACE TO FACE with your little one is the single most important act you can be doing to support their daily vocabulary development. Baby development occurs best when they feel safe, loved and included. When you're going about your daily tasks, simply talking to your little one, telling them what you're doing and why will have a huge effect on them meeting the vocabulary developmental milestones. Nathan Wallis for example includes his grandchildren with him in the kitchen with the Arc Assistant Learning Tower, this way his little ones are included in making his morning smoothie and breakfast, rather than being left out.


2. Promote Connection with YOU for Baby Growth. 

Your little one is probably begging to be included in what you're doing. Not only this, but they probably want to do a lot of things on their own by now.  "No" or "Up" may be their favourite words.

One KEY way a child will learn new skills is through being safely included in what you're doing, this boosts their baby growth and helps them reach their baby development milestones. So give them these opportunities to learn, understand, and make mistakes (within limits, of course). Toddlers are at the age where they want to do what you're doing, often at the most inconvenient of times, like when you're cooking dinner. Have you ever tried to cook dinner with one hand, while your toddler is balanced on one hip? 

Imagine if you could... 

Take back your stress-free kitchen, with no more little ones under feet, balanced your hip or precariously on an unsafe stool. 

YOU can!

Simply by including your toddler and having them stand up at the bench beside you in The Arc Assistant Learning Tower. The Arc Assistant facilitates 1000s of extra connected activities with you. The more connected activities with you in the Arc Assistant Learning Tower during their first 1000 days the better their brain's develop during this crucial time. 

As loved and used by Nathan Wallis, Dorothy Waide, Nadia Lim, Toni Street, Valerie Adams. Also endorsed by Stuff, Tots to Teens, Baby on the Move, Babyology, Trends and many more amazing New Zealanders and Australians.

Nathan Wallis and baby in the kitchen with the baby in the Arc Assistant learning tower


3. Imagination and Pretend Play

Using their imagination opens up a world of fun and play for your toddler.

Imagination fosters cognitive and social development. Everyone wants to raise children who reach their highest intellectual and social/emotional potential. In early childhood education, critical thinking skills and creative problem-solving abilities are goals for children's development. This is where encouraging their imagination and self led pretend play is important. In doing this they are developing their cognitive and social skills. With you encouraging them and getting involved, letting your little one tell you what to do during the play is a great and very simple way they learn and develop everyday. 

Whether it’s bubble play in the kitchen sink in their Arc Assistant Learning Tower, or playing tea parties, feeding a baby doll, driving a pretend car, making a dinosaur out of wooden blocks or participating in activities that they see you doing daily, like making lunch, these are all valuable developmental milestone opportunities where you can be encouraging their imaginary and pretend play. 


4. Colouring.

Colouring in has an important place in child development and can easily be incorporated into a toddler's day. It provides an opportunity to practice and develop many skills such as concentration, fine motor and coordination for early writing skills and correct finger grip.

This is a great fine motor activity that 1 year olds should start practicing.  It teaches them cause and effect: that they make a mark on the paper and it stays there.  

One of our favourite places to have our little one colour each day, is while we're working in the kitchen. This is "two birds one stone" - Your little one enjoys routine and daily colouring, boosted up to your level in their Arc Assistant Learning Tower, where you can converse with them, asking them about their picture and talking about the colours they have used. This encouragement of their imagination, fine motor and many other skills supports their developmental milestones to no end. What is more they are colouring in a space which is easy to clean for you when colours go awol, as they certainly will. 


5. Stacking Blocks.

Block play promotes the development of spatial awareness as children reach for, lift, move and build with blocks, strengthening their fingers, hands and arms.

This activity also helps improve your child’s hand eye coordination and spatial awareness.  Just take a few blocks and demonstrate how to build a tower, then hand them the blocks and ask them to do it.  

They should pick it up quickly and want to imitate you.

Toys and activities like these encourage imaginative play and let them problem solve and investigate the world around them. 

set of natural wooden coloured wooden blocks built as a house


There you have it, 5 key Baby Development Activities. Join Parents across the globe and Grandparents like Nathan Wallis who are supporting their little ones in reaching their developmental milestones with the help of The Arc Assistant Learning Tower.

Nathan Wallis and child using the Arc Assistant Learning Tower in the kitchen