When Your Children Are Born.

By: Steve Drumm


The world of exploration reveals itself to your toddler as they begin to encounter many exciting new things. And, obviously, she is getting closer and closer to walking. Many new parents begin to feel a great deal of anticipation for the massive 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. She may have even tried to take a couple 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. 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. they will learn how 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 additionally thier confidence. Should you opt to purchase one of these toys, ensure that it has a large base for support.

One essential 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 they will make a beeline for the very place you keep such things.

Shoes:
As she starts to cruise the furniture and spend more time upright than crawling, many parents begin to think about whether shoes are necessary. It seems that almost everyone you talk to has a definite opinion about the subject. But according to Penelope Leach, in Your Baby and Child, the majority of experts believe that they won’t will need 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, they 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 they are walking on.

Hands-on play:
Though you will be concentrating a lot of time on developing thier large motor skills, it's also imperative 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 excellent because they are three-dimensional and encourage them to gather up, stack, release and remove objects. But you do not need to rush out and purchase a sorting or stacking type 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 merely plastic food containers from the kitchen. Just remember to check the size of the objects, making sure that they are not 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 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 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 point when separation anxiety is at its peak, it will 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 disappeared. Whenever you apply this to something or someone of a greater significance such as Mummy or Daddy, she may feel separation anxiety and form an extreme attachment to you, thus causing them to show fear toward everyone else. This is most difficult for grandparents, carers and other family members to understand. There are methods that you can use to help them cope with anxiety. You can play object permanence games such as peek-a-boo, which helps them to understand that just because they are unable to see you for an instant it does not mean that you are gone for good.

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I have been creating 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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