Baby's first year
See what Juliet learns in her first year
Increasing physical independence
Now that your baby is celebrating her first birthday soon, it is no longer the helpless infant who can not do anything without you. It still needs a lot of care and help, but its independence grows unmistakably: it can stand alone, bend down, squat down. It may even start to run in your hand and it will stretch out your hand or leg to help you dress. During meals, it can already hold a cup and drink itself (although this may take a few months for some children). In addition, it can be used with the fingers even when eating.
However, once your child has learned to drink from a cup, you should be on guard. Because as soon as it is finished with drinking, it will not turn off the vessel gently, but pop on the table with force. And it will purposely drop things so that someone (presumably you) picks them up again.
Books for little bookworms
Your child loves to look at picture books and leaf through them - though it probably will not go side by side. It could have favorite books to which it returns from time to time.
A very own person
At this age, babies can begin to assert themselves against their siblings. They now also play content with themselves next to (not with) other children. A blanket or a favorite fabric animal give him a lot of security at the moment.
Now limits must be set
Your baby will now understand simple instructions and sometimes ignore them. To give more weight to the word "no", you should save it up for things and actions that are really dangerous. Still, your baby will have forgotten most of what you tell him today tomorrow. Still, it's important to set boundaries for him and teach him what's right and what's wrong.
They are not mean if you forbid them to devour a second biscuit - they set limits. If your child pulls the cat by the tail, then hold his hand tight, look him in the eye and say, "No, that hurts the cat." Then show your daughter or son how to caress the animal gently. Your baby's curiosity is stronger than his desire to pay attention to your warnings. That's why it's up to you to protect and educate it. What works like defiance is only natural curiosity - your dream wants to know how the world works.
Words or wordlike things are now bubbling out of your baby - words that it understands and uses in its true meaning. The frontal lobe of his brain develops gradually, at the same time higher mental abilities such as speaking and logical thinking arise. You can promote your baby's interest in language by listening attentively and with interest to his chatter. This will teach you the basics of communication. Games like "cheek, cake baking" and "cuckoo" will train his memory.
At this age, your baby may be able to imitate word sounds, pitches and even a few moves. It may be followed by simple instructions, such as: "Bring me the ball, please," and "Please lift the spoon." Teach him these things through concise, simple sentences that contain only one clear statement at a time.
Enjoy this brief but remarkable phase in which your baby's communication skills develop: this will probably be his most important skill at all.
Is my baby developing normally?
Remember that each child is unique and reaches the milestones at their own pace. These are clues that show you the possibilities of your baby. If some things can not be done, then surely soon.
If you have a premature baby then it will probably take more time before it can do all the things your peers have already learned. Do not worry. Most physicians estimate premature babies the intended (not the actual) date of birth and then calculate the capabilities of the baby.
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