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Your baby's development

IMPORTANT: Here we provide some tips and advice on the development of babies from birth to 2 years, but this is not designed to replace professional advice, so if you are unsure, consult your pediatrician.

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AT 7 MONTHS OLD

Babies start to show that they remember things about their daily life at about seven months old. The parents and caregivers are the main contributors to this process, alongside the daily repetition of a series of events, although other factors also contribute to the development of memory, such as their experiences outside the home at childcare.

GOODBYE PACIFIER

I read this tip on a mommy site, and it worked for me: I sewed a few stitches onto my daughter’s pacifier with a needle and thread. When she started to suck it, the rough feeling was unpleasant for her, and she didn’t want it again.

For older children who understand cause and effect, offer a reward if they give up their pacifier, like a special toy that they really want. Bribery as such is not usually advisable, but this can be considered a fair swap: I’ll swap you your pacifier for a toy.

ENCOURAGE CRAWLING

Experts say that crawling is an important step that babies should experience before learning to walk. Make it easier for your child to start crawling by ensuring that there are few obstacles in his room so that he has space to crawl without bumping into things.

Encourage him to crawl by putting an interesting object just out of his reach. It is easier for a baby to crawl when he has bare feet, or is wearing soft leather booties. Socks will cause him to slide and he won’t make as much progress, which he will probably find very frustrating.little-girl

HOW CAN WE GET OUR BABY TO START WALKING?

Hold his hand, walk in front of him and “walk” him across the room to encourage him to put his feet to the floor and practice the motor skills needed to walk. Eventually, he will start holding onto furniture and walking around low tables, known as “cruising”. The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly discourages the use of baby walkers with wheels as they can be dangerous if not supervised carefully at all times. One thing to remember is that all babies develop at different rates so don’t feel bad if the neighbor’s baby started walking at 9 months old. Just think, once he starts, there will be no stopping him so you don’t need to be in too much of a hurry! Consult your pediatrician if your baby is still not walking by the age of 18 months.

SIGN HIM UP FOR MUSIC CLASSES

A child who plays music at school or outside of it is not just stimulating his hearing, he is also improving his capacity for concentration and development of sensitivity and memory. I signed my son up for music classes and he now pays much more attention in class and has better concentration skills.

You can start with very young babies, the younger the better in fact, and there are many special programs available for babies and preschoolers.

Try it with your child, and help him take one step towards success at school and in life.

STARTING POTTY TRAINING

When your child is around two years old, start sitting her on the potty every morning and evening, explaining what you are doing, even though at the beginning she is unlikely to do anything in the potty. When she does do something, praise her. She will hopefully eventually get the message, and may start asking to use the bathroom instead of wetting her diaper.

Once you remove your child’s diaper for good, stick with it, and don’t give up when the going gets tough and you are tired of mopping wet floors. And remember that you should never punish or shout at your child if they have an “accident”, as this will have the opposite effect to the one you want.

This is one childrearing task that is rarely easy, but you can be sure it will get solved eventually!

ENCOURAGE YOUR BABY TO LOOK AT YOU FROM BIRTH

One of the first visual stimuli that your baby will be able to interpret is his mother’s face. And not just that, he will start to associate her face with a series of pleasurable sensations: her voice, touch, cuddles, warmth, satisfying his hunger, etc. Look into his eyes as much as you can after he is born, and make sure your face is the one he sees most if you want to form a close bond from the very beginning.

INTRODUCING YOUR CHILD TO THE BEACH OR POOL

If you are planning to take your baby to the beach or swimming pool and think she might be afraid of water, bear the following advice in mind: before putting her in the water, if you show her that being in the water is fun, and let her see you playing in the water, she will want to do the same and imitate you. If you put her straight into the water, it could be counterproductive and might take her even longer to want to learn to swim or even play with other children at the pool or on the beach.

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