When Babies Are First Born.

By: Steve Drumm


A world of exploration reveals itself to your toddler 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 when they take their first steps.

Leading up to walking
A a very young age they can manage to make thier way around quite well. she is probably creeping or crawling upstairs and toddling around home furniture. They could have even tried to take a small number of steps with support. At this stage they 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 she begins 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 she can hold onto and push, which enable them to develop not only thier muscles but also thier confidence. If you opt to buy one of these toys, be sure that it has a wide base for support.

One crucial factor to consider at this stage of thier life is safety. If you have not childproofed your home, 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 seems that almost everyone you talk to has a definite opinion in regards to the subject. But according to Penelope Leach, in Your Baby and Child, the majority of experts believe that they wont will want shoes until they are 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 increasing thier large motor skills, it is also vital that you continue developing the fine motor skills by means of 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 wonderful because they are three-dimensional and encourage them to pick up, stack, release and take away objects. But you do not need 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 will not be small enough for them to swallow.

Changing emotions:
Thier emotional development changes significantly as she becomes quite adept at asserting therselves, making thier wants and desires known. You may have noticed that they now respond to your gestures with thier own intentional gestures. For instance, 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 she reaches 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 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 will be completely normal for them to be upset when they are unable to view 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, 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 other members of the family to understand. There are methods that you can use to help them cope with anxiety. You can actually play object permanence games such as peek-a-boo, which helps them to understand that just because they are unable to see you for a moment it does not mean that you will be gone for good.

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I have been making Childrens Tea Sets or 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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