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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

Imagination & Creativity, 9-12m

Learning through Experiment and Imitation

Learning through Experiment and Imitation

As the one year brink approaches, baby becomes more independent and her abilities more defined and complex. By exploring, moving independently and imitating actions she sees, baby is establishing her future independent, creative self.

More Experimenting

In her desire to understand the world around her, your baby conducts endless “experiments.” She collects information and analyzes results. For example, she flings a ball and watches as it rolls away from her. Then she tosses a triangular block and sees how it jumps but doesn’t roll.

On the Move

The fact that baby can now crawl enables her to satisfy her curiosity about objects and places that are not in her immediate surroundings. Better control over her body and ability to move freely give her enormous pleasure and a feeling of satisfaction. These feelings stimulate even further curiosity and desire to explore, discover and understand. The quicker she becomes the more fond you might become of the days she used to stay put :) But this is her path to more independence.

Your Little Monkey or The Power of Imitation

At this stage, your baby is able to imitate new, more complex actions. She claps her hands like grandma, “cleans” the table like her mom, and imitates sounds and voices. With time, this imitation will become part of the repertoire of skills and abilities that she will execute independently. In this sense, imitation is the step that prepares your baby for future initiatives and creativity.

Tiny Tips

  • Remember: there is no such thing as the “right” answer. When your child plays with a toy, even if it is not in the expected manner, he is showing originality and creativity from his inner world. Encourage him in this, and do not inhibit him by showing him the “right” way.
  • If you see that your child has reached an impasse in a game and repeats the same action again and again, show and guide him toward other possibilities.
  • Enable your child to play games with different materials, such as multi-sized containers or boxes, made from different materials, such as plastic, carton or foam or polystyrene.
  • Encourage his experiments and express pleasure and interest in them.

Milestones

  • Explores objects of different shapes and applies different action, like shaking, banging, throwing, etc.
  • Grasps small objects with his thumb and forefinger (pincer grasp).
  • Imitates movements.
  • Uses objects correctly: knows how to drink from a cup, use a comb, dial the telephone, and so forth.
  • Waves “bye-bye” with his hands and enjoys cuckoo games.