Full Mobility - a World of Experiences
Your now completely mobile baby gets sensory stimulation from almost everything he does – from crawling on the grass to making mud pies. He feels, sees, hears and smells his entire environment as he plays and makes his way from one exciting place to the next.
With babbling slowly turning into speech, auditory development is significant. Your baby begins to connect sounds to actions, such as the door slamming, or a barking dog.
Your crawling baby not only keeps you on your toes, but can also get to many more interesting places and things. The ability to separate his fingers and use the pincer grasp opens up a new way to discover and explore. This makes his fingers his primary tool for feeling, replacing his mouth, which has been the primary touch organ so far.
The Growing Importance of Parental Guidance
Despite the fact that his senses are mature, your baby still lacks experience and needs your help in his quest of exploring the world. He relies on you for the finer distinctions between similar things and, without your guidance, may miss out on important input.