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Intellectual Development: Birth to 6 months

Intellectual Development means being able to communicate, to think both creatively and abstractly, to pay attention, solve problems, and develop keen judgment and a lifelong readiness to learn.

Emerging Skills
  • Follow a moving object with their eyes - initially to midline, with time, from side to side, up and down and in a circle
  • Show a preference for gazing at faces
  • Explore hands and objects by mouthing
  • Bat at and reach for toys
  • Recognize familiar voices and brighten to their sound
  • Recognize familiar surroundings and objects
  • Show early understanding of cause and effect relationship (for example, banging objects to make noise)

  • Comfort

    Through the comfort and responsiveness of an adult, babies will learn how to handle their emotions and how to seek help when needed.

    Parents Can:
  • Use caregiving routines, such as diapering or changing, to talk to their baby about what is being done and what he is seeing, feeling and hearing
  • Child Will:
  • Enjoy listening to your voice and looking at your face
  • Begin to recognize facial expressions
  • Learn to anticipate certain routines

  • Parents Can:
  • Call their baby's name when she is not looking
  • Child Will:
  • Learn to locate sounds
  • Learn to respond to her name
  • Begin to develop early stages of a self-concept

  • Play

    Through opportunities for play, babies will experience joyful, free, spontaneous moments of fun while learning about themselves and others.

    Parents Can:
  • Hang mobiles and objects that make noise
  • Child Will:
  • Watch the objects as they move
  • Accidentally hit the mobile, and discover the movement and sounds that are made in reaction
  • Begin to reach on purpose to make the movement and sounds happen

  • Parents Can:
  • Provide objects of different textures for their baby to explore
  • Child Will:
  • Experience different sensations of soft, rough, squishy, hard, bumpy and scratchy
  • Eventually learn to distinguish among different textures
  • Practice looking, reaching and touching objects (eye-hand coordination)

  • Parents Can:
  • Play social games, such as "peek-a-boo" or "Momma's coming to get you"
  • Child Will:
  • Begin to develop his memory for people and objects
  • Learn to anticipate cause and effect, for example, tickling games and physical enjoyment

  • Teach

    Through routines and emotionally and physically safe and secure environments, babies can learn how to think, solve problems and communicate.

    Parents Can:
  • Sing short rhymes and play finger games
  • Child Will:
  • Watch and listen to the words and actions he is experiencing
  • Learn to recognize certain gestures/words and anticipate actions that follow

  • Parents Can:
  • Play with their baby in front of mirrors
  • Child Will:
  • Learn to recognize her reflection in the mirror
  • Begin to understand that she is a separate being from her caregivers

  • Parents Can:
  • Create safe play spaces with pillows and favourite toys
  • Child Will:
  • Learn what objects do by manipulating, banging and throwing them
  • Want to explore the environment if a caregiver is near, supportive and responsive to cues

  • Social Development: Birth to 6 months
    Emotional Development: Birth to 6 months
    Intellectual Development - Language: Birth to 6 months

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