The Boundless Curiosity of Your Developing Baby
Hold on for the ride, your baby has become a veritable "scientist." Every day brings on a new experiment as she “researches" her world to better understand her surroundings. In the laboratory of life, your baby is constantly testing new theories, gathering and processing new data and analyzing the results.
When your baby drops a rattle on the floor she is not making mischief, but actually trying to answer various questions, such as will this make noise? As your baby becomes wiser and wiser, she plans her path and solves more complex problems along the way. For example, she understands that if she pulls the tablecloth she can bring an object on it closer. She recalls this from past experience and reaches a logical conclusion from it.
At this stage, your baby is quite adept at imitating behavior, and is now able to mimic more complex movements that were previously not in her repertoire. She "cleans up" her high chair with a sponge—just like her mom, claps along with her dad and even may imitate the sounds you make. Eventually these acts become her very own, and she will no longer be dependent on someone to imitate.
Understanding Complex Concepts
now have no boundaries. For example, baby now understands that pressing the button on the remote control can turn on the television – which is somewhere else. Additionally, your baby is also developing the ability to understand and create concepts at this stage. For instance, when she sees a picture of a dog, she will immediately identify the picture with the neighbor's dog, or the dog she saw yesterday in the park. She understands that every dog is different, but can now identify them as belonging to one group.
As baby celebrates her first birthday, the nature of her play starts to change. She will start to play "pretend," like picking up a rattle and pretending it is a telephone. This is the initial stage of her developing imagination, one of the most important and unique traits of the human existence.
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