Infants ( 0 - 12 months )
By: Brittney Nguyen and Jennifer Caceres
Infants focus on moving objects, and explore things with their mouths. They turn to locate of sound. They tend to study their hands and feet by themselves. Infants babble, coo, and gurgle.
Certain things a parent can do to help improve their babies intellectual development is:
~ Read to them
~ Talk to the baby
~ Play music for them
~ Play with educational toys that are colorful and that make noise
At birth, infants cannot control their body movements. By 4 months, most babies have control of their muscles and nervous system,like sit up with support, hold their head up for short periods of time, and can roll from their sides to their stomach.
You can meet physical needs by:
~ Providing nutritious and healthy food
~ Regular wake up routine
~ Cleanliness with bath/showers
~ Regular medical checkups
~ Make sure babies get enough exercise
Infants mainly smile and giggle when they want something.
When they nod their head or their eyes are shut is probably when they want to cry and maybe want less of something.
~ Along with a show displease at the loss of a toy
~ Infants from 6 to 9 months also express their stronger preferences for familiar people.
Infants will start to imitate facial expressions, for example like develop a social smile by three months.
Infants mostly likely initiate social interaction by:
~ Playing peek- a - boo
~ Laughing out loud
~ Paying attention to their own name
~ Smile spontaneously from 3 to 6 months.