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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

Gross Motor Skills, 0-1m

Tiny Babies, Big Reflexes

Dominant Reflexes

During the first month, babies mimic their movements in the womb. Hence, they are curled up in the fetal position, with the head leaning toward the side. With essentially no control over the body, babies make no voluntary movements; all movements, even feeding, are controlled by reflexes, and are random and spasmodic. Babies' bones are soft and their muscles are weak, which is why babies need you to support their head.

Head and Shoulders

As the first month progresses, babies begin to raise the head while prone, and then even move it from side to side – practice that strengthens the neck and shoulder girdle. Trying to move the head from side to side against the forces of gravity is a difficult feat. Still, babies instinctively know that the results are worth the effort, and so are driven to try again and again; within just a few months, these muscles will be strong enough to hold the head steady. When babies spasmodically move their limbs when lying on their back, they strengthen the limbs – a precursor to exerting voluntary control.

Tiny Tips

  • Lay our baby on his stomach for short periods so that he becomes used to this position
  • Lay your baby in a prone position on a soft blanket, at least two or three times a day, to help him strengthen his neck muscles.