Lakewood Childcare Center

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SIGN LANGUAGE

This is the sign for milk. We will start using it as we begin to feed them bottles and it will be a sign that carries over to when they are sitting at the table and they want their cup. It is also often used in conjunction with the sign for more and is frequently one of their first two-word phrases that they will learn.

WHAT ABOUT...

Strategies to help with separation anxiety - Babies don't have a concept of time so it is scary to them when you leave and they don't know when you will be back so it is helpful to keep in mind several tips to help ease the separation. Be consistent and calm and have a good-bye ritual (kiss, hug, say good-bye and love you, then you can leave). Separation/return games played with them such as peek-a-boo or "where is baby? will help them start to learn about object permanence (meaning they know you exist, even if you aren't close by and can't see you). Don't ever try to sneak out - it leaves them more scared and confused and can usually cause more discomfort. All babies experience this, some more than others, but remember this is a milestone for them, they are learning to make connections with other people even if it is scary for them. Stay calm and know they will outgrow this, and it won't always be this hard.

Fun fact about babies – the inner ear is the only sense organ that is fully developed by birth. It reaches its full size by the middle of mom’s pregnancy.

INFANT PAGE

DID YOU KNOW?

Between 6 and 9 months, your child may start:

  • Search briefly for a toy if it is taken away from them
  • Know whether objects are near or far
  • Understand how objects can be used (pushing buttons on a toy)
  • Notice the size of objects, reaching for smaller ones with thumb and forefinger and larger ones with their whole hand
  • Use problem-solving skills (pull string to get toy closer)
  • Understanding “in” and “out” – (dump and fill)
  • Combining known behaviors in new ways (reaching and crawling at same time)