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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, 12 - 18m

High Five: Perfecting Fine Motor Skills

Hands as the Main Tool of Experiment

Babies reach their first birthday brimming over with curiosity and armed with intensely active hands that are eager to discover the world. Babies now perform endless experiments, which help develop the sensory nerves in the palms of their hands. In fact, the hands now become the main vehicle for investigating and exploring her world, gradually replacing the mouth. Now that they can separate their fingers to grasp and release objects and to use different types of grips to perform particular tasks, a slew of new possibilities are open to the curious babies. Babies are busy refining previously acquired skills, such as the pincer grasp. Babies now further perfect the pincer grasp, practicing on particularly small objects. Just watch out! Babies at this stage still use their mouth to explore....

Fascinating Games and Activities

Babies are fascinated with games that involve filling and emptying containers. A shape sorter toy is particularly interesting at this stage. At around 15 months, simple puzzles spark the interest babies. Initially, babies simply remove the puzzle pieces. Gradually they learn to place them in the correct slots. Improving eye-hand coordination helps babies hold one object and bring it to its intended destination – like bringing down a mallet on the keys of a xylophone to produce a clear sound, or using a toy hammer to bang tacks down on a cork board. Towards 18 months, the motivation to experiment drives babies to the world of coloring. At first, they hold the crayon or marker with a fist-like grasp and scribble to their heart’s content.

Tiny Tips

  • Be patient! Tasks that require motor skills and control take time. Your baby needs to repeat these actions over and over again to master them. Let him develop at his own pace.
  • Calm your baby when he shows signs of frustration, and encourage him to keep on trying through repetition. If he chooses a difficult task, help him along a bit so that he experiences success and is encouraged to keep on trying.
  • Allow your baby to feed himself even if it means that he – and everything around him – ends up being quite messy!
  • Be sure to keep hazardous materials out of baby’s reach. With his improving motor skills and insatiable curiosity, you will find him trying to open everything within in his reach.

Milestones

  • Baby waves goodbye, eats with his fingers and purposefully throws his toys and watches them fall on the ground.
  • He places and removes objects in and out of containers and builds two-block towers – then promptly knocks it down!
  • Turns two-three pages in a book, backwards and forwards and accurately hits a ball with a hammer.
  • Some children at this age begin to eat with a teaspoon and hold a cup in two hands.