torstai 23. kesäkuuta 2011

33 weeks - baby’s first year update

Baby's First Year Kidspot

Welcome to week 33!

This Week Your Baby Is:

Understanding object permanence

It wasn't long ago that anything beyond your baby's line of sight ceased to exist for her. But by eight months, you'll begin to see that your baby's eyes follow objects as they move (which is why she loves to throw her toys around) and she is beginning to understand that objects exist even when she can't see them; that even after you've left the room, you haven't completely disappeared. At this age, she also begins to understand that an object that is only partially in view has a 'hidden' element - that if she can only see the corner of a toy, the rest will be revealed if she grabs it.

Object permanence opens the door to a whole new world of understanding so don't be surprised if your baby's concentration suddenly increases along with this developmental milestone -the world as she understands it has expanded dramatically and there's a lot to think about.

Discover other ways your baby learns to understand the world

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With your baby now getting mobile and becoming ever more curious about his environment, it's important to remember that he has no capacity to keep himself safe - he's not able in any way to judge which activities are going to pose a threat to his safety. Not only does your baby not yet understand the word 'no', but he'll pay little attention to you if an activity has grabbed his interest. It's up to you to make his play environment safe at all times, and the best way to do this is to get down on the floor (as he is) and survey the world from down there - you'll be surprised by the potential hazards you can find this way.

Find out how you can keep your baby safe indoors

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Playing Peekaboo

The game of Peekaboo can only really work once your baby understands object permanence - until then she just won't be able to understand the endlessly entertaining trick of your disappearance act! Games like Peekaboo and Hide and Seek -and at this age you can simply 'hide' under a blanket - encourage your baby to understand that although she can't see you, you do still exist somewhere out of sight.

If your child is suffering from separation anxiety, playing these types of games is a great way of reassuring her that although she can't see you, you'll always come back to her - just consider cutting back on the big Boo! when you reappear!

Get more tips on dealing with separation anxiety.

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