The Busy Explorer in the House
An Expanded Repertoire of Skills
The final quarter of babies' first year brings significant changes: your baby crawls all over the house, climbs onto furniture, stands up, opens and closes drawers, tosses objects and is basically into everything, everywhere.
These skills afford babies with ample opportunity to appreciate the world from many different angles: prone, sitting and standing. Along with mastered control over the body, babies' agility encourages a curiosity and triggers almost insatiable energy to touch, reach and explore.
The Balancing Act of Watching Over Babies
Watching over – and guiding – your baby at this stage becomes way more complex – and exhausting! On the one hand, it is important to allow babies to experience the world on their own terms, which is a welcome step toward independence and self-confidence. On the other hand, danger seems to lurk everywhere your baby wants to go! While this newfound independence is a giant leap, babies at this age still lack practical experience, so you cannot rely on their good judgment to recognize – let alone, avoid – danger. Rather than instigating insecurity by constantly stopping your busy bee from exploring, teach your baby how to be aware of danger, while allowing stimulation and opportunity to explore.
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