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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, 12-18m

Physical and Mental Readiness

Physical and Mental Readiness

Babies now learn to walk, making the rite of passage from babyhood to toddlerhood. Babies begin to walk when their muscular structure and nervous system are developed and mature enough to sustain the physical toll of walking, and when they're psychologically ready to brave the challenge. Certain babies may shy away from the attempt, because they are either naturally inclined to be more cautious or lack self-confidence. Encourage your baby by offering to push a stroller and be there for the process, but of course, there's no need to force the issue: all healthy babies learn to walk when they're ready for it.

The "Duck Walk"

Learning to walk is a process. Initially, toddlers rock from side to side – a real “duck-walk” imitation! In an attempt for balance, toddlers walk with straight legs slightly spread apart, the feet pointing outwards and with fisted hands turned outwards. Once feeling safe, babies bring their legs closer together, point their feet forward and release the previously tense arms and hands, putting them to the sides of their bodies.Stopping is no less an acquired skill than starting – babies gradually learn to stop and change direction. Learning to walk naturally entails a fair amount of falling, which makes for an important learning experience. As hard as it may be, when your baby falls, gauge the situation and intervene only if help is really needed.

Other Milestones: Sitting and Climbing

Sitting and climbing come with the territory too. Toddlers can now sit themselves on a small chair – relaxing or playing. Climbing stairs is an intriguing activity: at first, toddlers climb steps one step at a time, with both feet resting on a single step; they descend in a backward crawl.

Tiny Tips

  • There is absolutely no better training ground for strengthening the muscles in your baby’s feet and improving balance than a barefoot trek through soft sand.
  • Let your baby walk barefoot as much as possible.

Milestones

  • Stands on her own for several seconds and walks around a table holding on.
  • Helps when you dress her.
  • Many babies take their first steps and even walk while dragging a pull toy.
  • Throws a ball with two hands.