The Wonderful World Of Chidhood

By: Gary Hirsh

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 few 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. she needs 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. they 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 she can hold onto and push, which enable them to develop not only thier muscles but also thier confidence. Should you opt to buy one of these toys, be sure that it has a wide base for support.

One essential factor to consider at this stage of thier life is safety. If you havenít childproofed the area, 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.

As they start to cruise the furniture and spend more time upright than crawling, many parents begin to think about whether shoes are necessary. Apparently almost everyone you talk to has a particular opinion in regards to the subject. But according to Penelope Leach, in Your Baby and Child, the majority of experts believe that she wonít will want 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 various textures of what she is walking on.

Hands-on play
Though you will be concentrating a lot of time on developing thier large motor skills, it is also vital that you continue developing the fine motor skills through hands-on play, they ought to 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 buy a sorting or stacking style of toy. You can simply give them a plastic bucket with colourful blocks or toys which 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 the 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. She will also initiate social interactions with those close to them. You notice how they reach for your hair or Dad's nose and raises thier arms up, signaling that she wishes to be picked up. She expresses her 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 take away 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 old, 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 she is unable to see you. Your 9-month-old does not comprehend 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, she 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 which 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 creating toys for many 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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