Parents should know the different activities that promote their baby’s development and make them part of their daily routines. Such activities include those that stimulate their touch, hearing, vision, and movement, all which help your baby to make sense of their surroundings. You should continuously monitor your baby’s activities and note what they seem to take an interest in and provide them with more of the same.
Babies receive valuable input through the daily interactions with their parents. Simple and daily routines such as bathing, changing nappies and feeding your baby provide them with daily opportunities for enjoyable interactions. Creating adequate time for and your little one is crucial in stimulating their overall development. Keep in mind that you and baby are playmates!
You might also consider joining a mother-baby workshop and groups is extremely important for parents who are eager to learn. Such groups normally provide the much-needed support and sharing while allowing parents to better understand their little one’s behavior, stages of development and the right activities are best suited to promote their sensory and motor development.
Discussed in this article are a few essential guidelines for your baby’s development. Knowing what your baby is learning at each stage gives parents a clear understating of what to do to encourage a newly learned skill.
- Between the age of 9 to 12 months, babies become quite clever while trying to grasp information from their surroundings and trying to unearth the connection between different objects. This is also the age where they learn new concept as well as solving problems.
- Your baby is trying to understand the different thing they see, touch, feel, and hear while struggling to understand the world.
- Being mobile means that your baby is now-now able to explore and discover new experiences that stimulate his learning and boosting their confidence. They now desire more independence and should be given the space to learn on their own.
- Sitting balance allows them to move in and out of the sitting position and crawl around, supporting themselves on furniture to stand and walk. At the end of this stage of development, your baby will be able to stand without any support or with one handheld.
- Playtime is important for babies who seem to love repetition and enjoy practicing the same thing over and over again.
- At this stage, your little one will learn to poke, point, and pick up objects. It is common to find them taking things from and placing them back in the container. As your baby learns how to move with control, you will see those stacking blocks.
- Your baby will soon start understanding simple requests and take turn interacting with their caregiver, adding more fun to the games. At this stage, your baby will be able to wave goodbye and make a simple request such as ‘give it to me’. They start communicating using gestures and pointing while at the same time starting to imitate sounds.