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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

Language & Communication, 0-1m

The Language of Crying

The Language of Crying

The very first stage in language development is the "crying stage". Your newborn's only means of communication when he is just born is crying, a fact which can be quite understandably frustrating for parents struggling to meet their little one's unknown wants and need.

Crying is Baby's Way of Communicating

While it may seem that your baby cries "day and night", research shows that babies cry less than 10% of their waking hours. Crying is your baby’s essential survival tool, and the only way he can tell you what he needs. During these early months, crying is based on reflexes. But very soon, it paves the way for more intentional communication. It won’t be long before your baby's repertoire of sounds will be supplemented by sweet babbles, cooing noises and more - just wait patiently.

The Vocabulary of Cries

In terms of expressive verbal skills, your baby has a full “vocabulary” of cries, each with its message, such as hunger or boredom. The piercing cry of pain is hard to misinterpret, but learning the meaning of other kinds of crying may demand more practice. By the end of the first month, baby will make gurgling sounds when he is relaxed, and tenser sobbing sounds when hungry.

Initial Understanding

Understanding is naturally limited at this stage, but may be more developed than you think. Watch as your newborn turns his head toward you or a caregiver - a stranger will not receive the same kind of attention. Your baby's eyes also turn toward different sounds, showing us that different sounds attract his attention. Additionally, by the time your baby is one month old, he can distinguish between similar words such as "ba" and “pa."

Tiny Tips

  • When your baby cries, try to relate to it as a form of verbal expression, rather than as something undesirable. This will help reduce tension and communicate an atmosphere of calmness.
  • Try to learn and understand your baby’s unique “vocabulary” of different cries.
  • If you can, solve the problem she is communicating to you. This boosts her confidence in her ability to express herself, and encourages her to keep trying.

Milestones

  • Behavior is governed by reflexes.
  • Prefers looking at a human face.
  • Prefers soft, embracing touches and flinches from a rough or abrupt touch.