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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.
  •   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

Language & Communication, 9-12m

Baby’s First Words

Baby’s First Words

As your baby approaches his first birthday, words become a more substantial part of his developing world of understanding. His first word is just around the corner, if it hasn’t been uttered yet.

Babbling Transforming into Words

Your baby can now combine multiple syllables in a chant-like intonation that sounds like he is engaged in an intricate conversation. He has naturally dropped sounds that are not related to his mother tongue and his chattering sounds more and more like his native language. Quite suddenly, your baby will utter his first word! At first, it may sound similar to his usual babbling, but he clearly uses this word, or sound, to mean something very specific. He will use it again and again for the same purpose, until you finally realize what it means. This could be a short, monosyllabic word, such as "ba" for banana or "ka" for cup.

Levels of Understanding

Your baby’s ability to understand is growing rapidly. For example, at around 13 months, many babies can utter just four words, but understand far more, averaging between 17 and 97 words. It is interesting that a baby who is very “verbal” may in fact understand far less than a baby who has yet to utter her first word. So, if you're baby still isn't saying much - don't worry.

Tiny Tips

  • Speak to your baby whenever you are together. Tell her what you are doing, what you are looking at, what you are both hearing. Put into words her own feelings and actions, such as "You must be tired," "You're eating a banana," etc.
  • Engage in a dialogue with your baby, using all kinds of sounds. Listen and react to the inflection and tone in her voice.
  • Encourage her to imitate what you say and your facial expressions.
  • Make your “conversations” about topics that require comprehension, like "Where is the light?" and point to it. Or simple instructions to follow, such as "wave bye-bye."
  • When your baby utters her first word, repeat it. Use it in a sentence. For example, if your baby says "Daddy" and points to the door, you can respond with "Daddy went to work." This helps broaden her understanding and vocabulary.


  • Understands short sentences, like “bring me the ball;” or “Say hello to Tommy.”
  • Begins to pronounce sounds similar to her native language, and stops making sounds that are not related to it.
  • Verbal expressions become richer and includes a stream of vowels and consonant sounds, complete with a cadence that sounds like actual speech,