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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.
    Cognition
  •   EQ
    The social and emotional skills that make up our character and enable us to function and interact with others.
    EQ
  •   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
    Senses

Fine Motor Skills, 1 - 3m

Baby's grasp reflex

Hands

The muscles are stronger and the movements become more defined. Jumpy hand movements are softer and smoother, clenched fists are now released and the fingers are more relaxed and open. By the end of the third month, the grasp reflex weakens considerably, but is not entirely gone; babies are still unable to grasp an object voluntarily. By the end of the third month, babies begin to strike at objects purposely, which is the first expression of eye-hand coordination.

Eyes

By 8-10 weeks, babies' eye muscles are stronger, and they can focus on objects placed in their field of vision, and even track their movement; as eye-hand coordination progresses, babies can move their head to continue tracking a moving object.

Eye-Hand Coordination

Babies now reach a breakthrough discovery: they become aware of their own hands. Babies are fascinated by this discovery, and continue to explore their hands by gazing at them and putting them into their mouth. Random strokes at an object stir babies to turn their heads towards it. The discovery of the hands and the control they have over them opens a new world of experiences. Next, babies look at an object and try to reach it. Initially, these attempts may be strictly trial and error, but by the end of the third month, following frequent practice, babies reach out and strike at objects with purpose and intention.

Tiny Tips

  • Place a hanging toy within baby's reach, so that he can strike it. This helps develop eye-hand coordination.
  • Offer your baby a rattle that makes an appealing sound. The positive feedback encourages her to move her hands, strengthening muscles and developing eye-hand coordination.

Milestones

  • At two months, baby begins to become aware of his hands, exploring them by putting them into his mouth.
  • Between two and three months, eye-hand coordination begins to develop.
  • At three months, the grasp reflex gradually fades.