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7 Elements - Baby Development

Take a look at the 7 Elements System Tiny Love's step-by-step baby development guide

  •   Cognition
    The mental process through which we understand the world around us; learning, remembering, drawing conclusions and more.
  •   EQ
    The social and emotional skills that make up our character and enable us to function and interact with others.
  •   Fine Motor Skills
    Developing the body’s small muscles enables baby to grasp objects, perfect hand-eye coordination, speak and more.
    Fine Motor Skills
  •   Gross Motor Skills
    Developing the body’s large muscles facilitates head lifting, rolling over, crawling, sitting, walking and more.
    Gross Motor Skills
  •   Imagination & Creativity
    The skills that allow us to produce images, ideas, thoughts and even feelings that do not exist in reality and account for our ability to improvise and solve problems.
    Imagination & Creativity
  •   Language & Communication
    The ability to communicate thoughts and emotions both verbally and non-verbally, sharing our world with others.
    Language & Communication
  •   Senses
    Sight, sound, touch, smell and taste enable us to gather and process information from the world around us

Cognition 6 - 9m

Baby understanding causal relationships

Growing and Gaining Knowledge

By now your baby's understanding of causal relationships is much more developed. He not only distinguishes between cause and effect, but also understands how the result occurs and anticipates it with excitement.

Confidence and Control

Your baby wants to explore the rhyme and reason behind everything he hears, sees and feels, and through this examination he learns a great deal about the nature of objects and his power to manipulate them. His newly-found ability to influence his world influences his emotional development and solidifies his self-confidence. He examines and explores his toys, trying to figure out how to make them do what he wants them to do and begins to apply what he has learned in the past to new and similar situations. For instance, now that he knows that pushing a button will cause something to happen he tries pushing other buttons and expects a reaction.

Expectations and Solutions

At this stage, your baby is able to anticipate certain results in advance: he may break out in laughter if he believes you're about to tickle him, or back away in fright when you take out the vacuum cleaner, even before you turn it on. By nine months, your baby even has the ability to solve simple problems, such as removing an obstacle blocking the way to his favorite toy.

The Path to Crawling

Towards the end of this period, your baby begins to become interested in the relationships between objects, and once he begins to crawl the world of spatial relationships – near, far, up and down – will add a new dimension to his knowledge.

Tiny Tips

  • Simplify tasks by dividing them into smaller tasks, or revising them. For example, when playing with stacking toys, try giving your baby just the largest and smallest cup.
  • Be aware of the importance of your baby's need to explore his world, and give him ample opportunity to do so. Be patient and try to accept his need to spread food all over the high chair, splash in the tub and crumble up things. All of these are expressions of his natural curiosity.
  • Remember, the "right" answers aren't the only answers. When your baby solves a problem in a different way, he is being original, creative and relying on his own resources. Try to find creative solutions together.
  • Offer your baby activities and toys that develop the concept of cause and effect, and practice simple problem solving, using toys like an activity center. Make certain the challenges match or are just a bit more beyond her current capabilities. Too simple a task will lead to boredom; too difficult will lead to frustration. Listen to your baby and respect her judgment. If she enjoys an activity and shows a desire to repeat it, even though you think it is better to move on to something else, follow her lead.


  • Your baby begins to comprehend some of the rules that govern the world as her understanding of casual relationships becomes deeper. Curiosity drives almost everything she does, every waking hour. Begins to apply what she has learned to new situations.
  • Can solve simple problems, such as removing an obstacle when trying to reach something. Can recall events from memory. By the end of the ninth month, your baby becomes more interested in the relationship between objects, and enjoys fitting toys and objects into each other.
  • When mobile, explores new concepts, such as spatial relationships, near vs. far, up and down.