Do You Remember Your Early Childhood?

By: Mick Dencher


The world of exploration opens up to a new-born baby as they begin to accomplish many exciting new things. And, obviously, they are getting closer and closer to walking. Many new parents begin to feel a great deal of anticipation for the big day to happen.

Leading up to walking;
Regardless, at this age, they can manage thier way around quite well. they are probably creeping or crawling up stairs and cruising around furniture. They could have even attempted to take a small number of steps with support. At this stage she will be developing and strengthening the muscles in thier lower body, as well as establishing thier sense of balance. they need to be involved in activities that keep them on the move such as standing, crawling, climbing, exploring, walking, squatting, rolling and kicking a ball.
The world of exploration opens up to your 9-month-old as they begin to accomplish many exciting new things. she will discover ways to bend thier knees and to sit after standing, which is actually quite a complex task to accomplish. One way to help them strengthen thier legs is to kneel or stand in front of them, hold out your arms, reaching your hands encouragingly toward them, and grasp both thier hands and walk them toward you.

There are many push toys that they can hold onto and push, which enable them to develop not only thier muscles but also thier confidence. If you decide to purchase one of these toys, be sure that it has a large base for support.

One crucial factor to consider at this stage of thier life is safety. If you havenít childproofed your house, you should definitely consider putting safety latches on the doors of off-limit cabinets where you store cleaning solutions and medicines. Curiosity almost ensures she will make a beeline for the very place you keep such things.

Shoes;
As they start to cruise the furniture and spend more time upright than crawling, many parents begin to consider whether shoes are necessary. It appears that almost everyone you talk to has a definite opinion about the subject. But according to Penelope Leach, in Your Baby and Child, most of the experts believe that they wonít will require shoes until she is walking around outdoors on a regular basis.
In fact, by allowing them to go barefoot, you will be enabling them to accomplish two significant factors needed in walking. First, she will be strengthening thier arches and leg muscles, and second, they can balance much easier when thier feet are bare because they can feel the varied textures of what they are walking on.

Hands-on play;
Though you will be concentrating a lot of time on developing thier large motor skills, it is also important to continue developing the fine motor skills through hands-on play, they should be quite good at manipulating toys and other objects such as a bottle or cup. Stacking and shape-sorter toys are perfect because they are three-dimensional and encourage them to gather up, stack, release and take away objects. But you do not have to rush out and purchase a sorting or stacking kind of toy. You can simply give them a plastic bucket with colourful blocks or toys that have moving parts, like plastic or wooden cars with doors that open and shut and wheels that roll. For stacking you can use blocks, cardboard books or even plastic food containers from your kitchen. Just remember to check the size of the objects, making sure they are not small enough for them to swallow.

Changing emotions;
Thier emotional development changes significantly as they becme quite adept at asserting therselves, making thier wants and needs known. You may have noticed that they now respond to your gestures with thier own intentional gestures. For example, when you reach out to them they will reach out to you in response. They will also initiate social interactions with those close to them. You notice how she reaches for your hair or Dad's nose and raises thier arms up, signaling that she wishes to be picked up. They express excitement and pleasure by smiling and placing fingers in your mouth, then thier own, and finally, she|they} can protest or show anger by pushing away objects, screaming when you remove toys or they slide food off of the high chair tray.

Fears and anxieties;
Other emotions that they demonstrate are fear and anxiety. Stranger anxiety usually begins around 9 months of age, although it can appear earlier or later. But because this is the stage when separation anxiety is at its peak, it would be perfectly normal for them to become upset when they are unable to see you. Your 9-month-old does not understand that when something is out of sight it is only temporarily gone. When you apply this to something or someone of a greater significance such as Mummy or Daddy, they may experience separation anxiety and form an extreme attachment to you, thus causing them to demonstrate fear toward everyone else. This can be most difficult for grandparents, carers and family members to understand. There are ways that you can help them cope with anxiety. You can play object permanence games such as peek-a-boo, which helps them to understand that just because she is unable to see you for a moment does not mean that you are gone for good.

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I have been making Wooden Toys for quite a few years and it is still the best sight in the world when you see the childrens faces light up when you give them a wooden toy to play with.

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