Monday, October 12, 2009

Childhood Development: First 6 Weeks

Child development is a process every child goes through. This process involves learning and mastering skills like sitting, walking, talking, skipping, and tying shoes

Children develop skills in five main areas of development:

Cognitive Development
This is the child's ability to learn and solve problems. For example, this includes a two-month-old baby learning to explore the environment with hands or by observation or a five-year-old learning how to do simple math problems, puzzles etc.
Social and Emotional Development
This is the child's ability to interact with others.Examples of this type of development would include: a six-week-old baby smiling, a ten-month-old baby waving bye-bye.
Speech and Language Development
This is the child's ability to both understand the usage of language. For example, this includes a 12-month-old baby saying his first words. Fine Motor Skill Development
This is the child's ability to use small muscles, specifically their hands and fingers, to pick up small objects, hold a spoon, turn pages in a book, or use a crayon to draw, colouring etc First 6
Childhood Development: First 6 Weeks
Newborns experience the world very differently from the way that we experience the world. Newborns are totally dependent on us for their basic needs. In the first six weeks, you and your baby will learn a lot about each other. The give-and-take that occurs between you helps to form the basis of your relationship together this will improve your child to develop relationships with others. Pay close attention to your baby. When your baby sleeps, make sure he is lying on his back unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
What your baby can see:
• At birth, your baby can only see objects that are about 8-12 inches away, like your face when you are holding her. When you are close to your baby, what she sees best is your face.
• Soon, you will notice that your baby follows your movements.
• Your baby may enjoy seeing bright colors or large black and white pictures and toys.
What your baby can hear:
• Your baby has been listening to sounds since he was inside you.
• Look for changes in your baby's body movements or facial expressions when there are new or loud sounds around him. What your baby can feel:
• Your touch is very important to your baby! Babies enjoy gentle massages.
• By holding your baby, you are teaching her that she is loved and safe.
• Your baby feels temperature changes, so be careful to dress her appropriately for the weather.
How your baby eats:
• How much and how often your baby eats will vary.
• Your baby can only tolerate liquids right now, so feed him only breast milk or iron-fortified formula.
How to care for your baby's mouth:
• Your baby's gums need to be cleaned with an infant toothbrush.
How your baby moves
• Your baby is slowly gaining control over his muscles.
• During these six weeks, your baby will need a lot of support to hold his head up.
• Your baby may move his arms and legs to show his interest in the action around him.
• Your baby may have sudden jerking movements, so when you are carrying him, be careful to support him well.
• When awake, give your baby "tummy time"
How your baby communicates (your baby's speech and language development):
• Your baby's cry is her way of communicating her needs.
• Your baby cries to let you know when she is hungry, tired, hot, cold, bored, sick, or wants to be held. Very soon, you will notice that your baby's cry sounds different based on her different needs.
• Your baby may make cooing sounds, particularly when you talk to her.
• When your baby makes eye contact with you, he is communicating his interest!
• Your baby may pull back, or turn away from you to show that he needs a break.

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Childhood Development: 1½ to 3 Months


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