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The Toucher: Your Baby, 6 to 12 Months

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When your baby sits, the world changes. Watching is not enough. Your baby uses hands as well as eyes to explore. Your child will want to explore his/her new world.

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When your baby sits, the world changes. Watching is not enough. Your baby uses hands as well as eyes to explore. Your child will want to explore his/her new world. You'll need to be one step ahead, always watching for danger, as well as chances to share.

Mothers joke that this time in a baby's life should be called "in-the-mouth" because babies try to put everything in the mouth. It is important to give your baby objects without sharp edges that are too large to swallow for holding, exploring, and playing.

Here are activities to consider:


  • Remember that everything is new to your baby, so measuring cups and spoons are as much fun to hold and play with as expensive, complicated toys.
  • All day long, talk and listen, talk and listen.
  • Your baby loves repetition. It is reassuring in a strange world, and it helps your baby learn -- so sing the same songs, tell the same stories, and tell your baby again and again about things you are doing.
  • Carrying your baby is important for your baby's learning. Many more things come into view when a baby is higher. From the floor, your baby's world is chair legs and feet. In your arms, your baby can wonder at the many things you see and talk about. Baby backpacks can be delightful for parents and baby.
  • Praise your little friend. Your baby wants to make you happy, so your delight delights your baby. What you say isn't as important as the happiness and pride in your voice and on your face. Anything, even "you're so smart" or "your song is so pretty," will make your baby feel special.
  • Your baby will begin to love and play along with baby games like "Where's your mouth," Hide and Seek, and Patty Cake.
  • Give your baby children's books that are OK to play with. Your baby will learn to turn pages and concentrate on pictures.
  • Set aside specific times in the day to "read" with your baby.

It's never too early to read with your child...
Cloth books --
Bedtime by Kate Duke
Spot's Toys by Eric Hill
Board books --
Clap Hands by Helen Oxenbury
Family by Helen Oxenbury
Friends by Helen Oxenbury
Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt
Spot's First Walk by Eric Hill
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Where's Spot? by Eric Hill

The paper version of this child development calendar has been published and distributed to schools and hospitals (for new moms) throughout the state by the Vermont-National Education Association.Stephanie Keitel of the Vermont Speech, Language and Hearing Association wrote the calendar. Sharon Damkot of the Vermont Educational Media Association compiled the book lists. Vermont-NEA Communications Director Laurie Huse edited the project.



Categories: Babies, Children,


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