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

Fine Motor Skills, 9 - 12m

A Rich Repertoire of Fine Motor Skills

Separate Fingers

By the first birthday, babies boast a rich repertoire of fine motor skills. Now that they can separate their fingers and use each one individually, a nearly endless range of possibilities becomes available – along with a sense of freedom and flexibility to select the most appropriate way to grasp anything. Babies now deftly manipulate objects and toys, whetting their appetite to explore even more. By 12 months, babies can pick up small items using the "pincer grasp" – holding them between the thumb and forefinger. The "pincer grasp" enables grasping tiny little items: picking up cookie crumbs or holding crayons.

Voluntary Release of Objects

At about 9 months, your baby learns to voluntarily toss or release objects from his hand. Being able to purposely release objects, babies can now pass them from hand to hand.

Free Fingers for Communication

Separate fingers also mean more tools of communicating: babies can now point with their forefinger, specifying desires, requests and demands or taking part in dialogue. At 12 months, babies start to mimic basic limb and mouth movements, perfecting fine motor skills while also providing more channels of communication.

Tiny Tips

  • Offer your baby toys of different sizes, textures and shapes so that when she learns to toss them, she will learn how the various shapes and textures react, such as round rolling objects.
  • Offer an age-appropriate activity center that has a wide variety of activities to motivate your baby to use different skills, like pushing, pulling and striking.


  • Begins to use the pincer grasp to pick up very small objects.
  • Can stack two blocks, one on top of the other.
  • May show dominance for one hand over the other, but right-left dominance is usually not determined definitively until the age of three years.
  • Begins to imitate movements.