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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, 3 - 6m

Eye-Hand Coordination

Eye-Hand Coordination

At 3-4 months, the reflexes are less dominant and babies' movements become more intentional, voluntary and controlled. Eye-hand coordination is sufficiently developed, enabling babies to extend their hands to grasp objects. Initially, the ability to grasp is limited, since babies still uses their palms rather than the fingers - offer your baby properly-sized toy. Sometime between 3 or 4 months, babies can grasp a toy and begin to move it into their field of vision. While lying on their back, they will bring their hand to midline, and close it to grasp an object within reach.

Hands

During this period, babies prefer the prone position and like to lean on the forearms with open palms. They become better aware of their hands from the deep sensory stimulation this position affords.

Mouth

From this point until the age of 12 months, babies bring everything into their mouth for further exploration, which develops the muscles of in the mouth area: jaws, tongue and lips. These would later translate into fine motor skills that are vital to eating solids and speaking.

Tiny Tips

  • Offer your baby a variety of toys of different textures, shapes and sizes to stimulate feelings in the palm of her hand, and to practice various ways to grasp things.
  • 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.
  • Let your baby explore with her mouth. This is the most developed exploration tool at her disposal, and exercising these muscles improves control and tone.

Milestones

  • The grasp reflex fades and is replaced by intentional grasping
  • Most babies can now look at an object and extend their arm to grasp it if it is placed in front of them.
  • Brings all objects to her mouth.
  • By the age of six months, babies can only concentrate on one object in her hand at a time. If you give your baby a new toy, she will drop the old one and let it fall.