Milestones For Your Child’s First Year
0-4 months – Newborn focuses best on objects 8” to 12” from his face. Baby tracks movement.
- Show him pictures of basic shapes and patterns. Pick bold, sharply contrasting colors or black and white geometric designs.
- Move a rattle in front of his eyes. See if he watches the movement.
- Shake a rattle above his head. See if he looks up and reaches.
- Show him toys that move. Roll a soft ball across the floor where he can see it.
- Use feeding times to interact with your infant.
5-8 months – Baby understands words like “mommy, bottle”. Baby watches and copies you.
- Read to her. She may have favorite books she wants to hear over and over again.
- Clap your hands together while singing. Chant her favorite nursery rhymes.
- Keep talking to her throughout the day.
- Hold her on your lap and make interesting noises. See if she copies you.
- Give her stacking/nesting toys like blocks or cups.
- Put toys in a net bag, then take them out. Let your baby try.
9-12 months – Baby studies objects – their shapes, colors, etc.
- Give him board books with lots of pictures so that he can look at them whenever he wants.
- Let him hold round and square objects like balls and blocks. Name the shape.
- Take him outside. Let him feel different textures – leaves, grass, tree trunks.
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