Growth & Skill Development
Tips to help your baby explore
At this age your child is curious about everything. Ironically the things that fascinate your child will be ordinary objects such as wooden spoons and plastic containers.
Add a twist
Your baby will be especially interested in things that differ from what is already known. To help your child expand her horizons, look for objects that are familiar and add a twist.
If your child is bored with the ball she’s been playing with, place it in a bucket to renew her interest. Little things like this will help your child learn to differentiate between the familiar and unfamiliar.
Let your baby check it out
Throughout this phase your baby will never tire of dropping, rolling, throwing, or waving objects to find out how they behave. This may look like random play but it's your child's way of finding out how the world works.
Like any good scientist, your baby is observing the properties of objects and developing ideas about shapes (some things roll, some don't), textures (some things are scratchy, some are smooth), and sizes (some things fit inside each other).
Your child will also begin to understand that some things are edible and others aren't. So keep an eye on her because she'll likely try to put everything into her mouth just to test that edible-or-not theory!