torstai 19. toukokuuta 2011

28 weeks - baby’s first year update

Baby's First Year Kidspot

Welcome to week 28!

This Week Your Baby Is:

Working on his fine motor skills

Now that your baby has made great leaps forward with his gross motor skills - sitting, creeping, kicking, head control - he'll start to concentrate on developing his fine motor skills. He can already pick up, drop and grasp large objects, and as these skills develop further he'll be able to tackle smaller items and begin to pass them from one hand to the other.

Once he can comfortably hold objects, you may like to try allowing him to be in charge of his sippy cup. Initially he'll need help from you to guide the cup to his mouth and to support the weight of it, but very quickly he'll learn how to control the flow of water (how far he can tip it back before it causes him to gag) and how to do it on his own.

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Learning through repetition

While variety may be the spice of life for adults, the opposite is true for little kids. There's nothing babies and toddlers love more than doing the same activities repeatedly. Routine and repetition teaches your baby about her world, and by repeating the same action over and over (whether it's having a bath before bed every night or reading the same book each day) your baby will learn to anticipate outcomes which will allow her to attempt new tasks in the future by using the knowledge and information she already has.

Babies also find repetition comforting. In a world that is so full of new and unknown experiences, repeating familiar activities is reassuring and will give her the confidence to tackle the new, while always knowing that there is a routine to fall back on.

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Stacking cups

While your baby is concentrating on fine-tuning his fine-motor skills, the games that he'll enjoy the most will be open-ended play (games that have no end and can evolve into different types of play). One of the best toys you can buy at this age is a set of stacking cups. They're extremely cheap and you'll be amazed at how many different games you can play with them. Try floating them in the bath or filling them with water and watching them sink. Or put them on your baby's high-chair tray and place rusks or soldiers of toast in them - he'll have a great time trying to fish them out. You can invert them and make a tower that he can knock down, or you can show him how to fit each cup inside the next. Hours of fun!

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