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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, 18-24m

A World of Words

A World of Words

These six months are marked by rapid development of your baby’s vocabulary and his grammatical ability to form basic sentences. New words every day, two-word sentences and much more await you during this exciting period.

Telegraphic Speech

Your toddler’s language skills are developing quickly and on any given day, you may be treated to several new words. By the time your toddler is two, he may have a vocabulary of between 50 and 70 words. Your baby begins putting together two-word sentences that clearly express intent, like “Mommy food!” He may leave out prepositions, verbs and adjectives, but still manages to communicate his message very clearly (perhaps a little too clearly at times…). This shortened form of verbal communication speech is known as telegraphic speech. You still need to be especially attentive to your baby’s gestures and facial expressions to understand what he is saying. “Mommy food!” could mean “Mommy, I’m hungry and want to eat,” or “Mommy is preparing food.”

‘Please Don’t Let me be Misunderstood’

Towards the end of his second year, your baby can tell if he is understood or not. When he feels he has failed at getting his message across, he will try to correct the situation. Pay close attention to these instances when he searches for new ways to communicate an idea and make sure to encourage his attempts to explain himself again –especially when he is visibly frustrated by being misunderstood.

Tiny Tips

  • Speak to your child as much as possible
  • Let her to finish her thoughts and do not push her when she is stuck or complete a sentence for her.
  • Expand on her thoughts, i.e. if she says “flower” and points to one, respond with “Yes, that’s a flower, a red flower.”
  • Do not correct your child’s choice of words or if she makes a mistake. If she says “nana” ask her if he would like a banana, etc.

Milestones

  • Identifies familiar objects in picture and animal sounds.
  • Fulfills complex commands that contain two objects, like put the ball on the table.
  • Enjoys children’s songs and tries to join in.
  • Understands up to 200 words and uses between 50 and 70 words.
  • Asks questions and constructs short sentences of two words or more and approximately half of what he says is easily understood.
  • Refers to himself by name.