is an active learner. While it may seem that many of the actions
your infant engages in during the day are random and spontaneous,
the fact of the matter is that virtually every movement and sound
has a purpose that contributes to her understanding of the world.
Through clinching, biting, grasping,
turning, babbling and bubbling, your infant is experimenting with
all the resources at her disposal--using her body and its immediate
surroundings to find out how things work internally and externally.
Your infant thinks, but thinks with her body.
Provide him/her with things she
can grasp, roll around, push into, hit at, caress, and, in other
ways, interact with. Talk and sing to her frequently and respond
to her own babbling with appropriate noises of your own. The sound
of your voice provides important modeling for future language
Hold him/her frequently and play
"pat a cake" and other fun games that help develop him/her
sensory motor awareness. Provide her with a range of new experiences
everyday. In this way, you'll be helping her do what she does
naturally--actively learn about the nature of life.
During the first year of life,
a baby goes through a series of stages of physical coordination
that won't be repeated. It is fascinating to watch this human
development, this urge to be upright, to stand, to walk. It is
a strong and exciting human urge that defies almost any attempt
to stop it.
* Physical development in infants in general works from top to
toe. First there's control of the head, then the trunk (sitting
up), the body (standing), and finally, the legs (walking).
* It's common for a child to pull up to a standing position and
then cry because he or she is unable to return to the sitting
position. It's a frustration that lasts about three weeks until
a child learns to drop. So don't get angry over having to help
out repeatedly during this period, it will pass.
* You can help your baby walk by holding the baby's torso, rather
than the arms or legs for support. Encourage walking in an area
where the floors are not slippery or too hard for falls.
* Do take the time to mark these milestones on a calendar, a journal,
or in a baby book. These wonderful, unforgettable events can all
too soon be forgotten.
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