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Development in the 1st 12 months

 

Baby Development
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Learning Through Play
0-12 Months
Play is your baby's way of learning lots of skills essential to their development, so choosing well-designed toys, designed specifically to stimulate their senses, can help. Bright colours, interesting shapes, textures and sounds are often designed to help encourage and fuel your baby's imagination.
0 months +
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During your baby's first few months encourage hand-eye co-ordination and tactile differentiation. Attract their attention with a rattle and soon tiny fingers will try to clutch and grasp it. The bright colours will delight, and they will enjoy discovering how different textures feel.

Sometimes, he just needs to have a good cry, so don't feel guilty about putting him in his cot and shutting the door. Chances are, he'll go to sleep and give you a much-needed break. Halfway through, using a special baby spoon, offer him a teaspoon of baby rice or fruit or vegetable pureed, mixed with his usual milk. Over the next few weeks, gradually introduce different foods, such as cooked, puréedd fruit (such as pears and apples) and vegetables (such as carrot, potato and parsnip), mixed with breast or formula milk.
3 months +
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Now cheeky smiles and interest in shapes and sounds show how far they have come especially when they produce those funny, squeaky expressions of joy. Encourage their manual dexterity and active listening skills.

Halfway through, using a special baby spoon, offer him a teaspoon of baby rice or fruit or vegetable puréed, mixed with his usual milk. Over the next few weeks, gradually introduce different foods, such as cooked, pureedd fruit (such as pears and apples) and vegetables (such as carrot, potato and parsnip), mixed with breast or formula milk.
6 months +
Babies are now beginning to use both hands co-operatively, so stimulate these new skills with the contrasting textures and spinning parts of various toys. Ones that can be rolled along the floor and with different coloured moving parts will encourage your baby to try and crawl after it - mirrors can add to the fun.

Tiny hands start exploring hidden spaces, gripping handles and pushing buttons. Puzzles are enthralling to them, watch how your baby needs help at first to decide what goes where... and be amazed at how very soon they can complete the puzzle themselves.
9 months +
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They've started to understand the relationship between the actions and sounds they create. They start to understand cause and effect sequences - a turn or twist can create a sound of change an appearance - all created by baby. This helps develop fine motor control skills and hand-eye co-ordination.
12 months +
Safe household items are great for stacking up - and knocking down!
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