The first few years: social and emotional development

We’re born social animals – from the start, babies love being held, touched, talked to, and smiled at. And it’s no wonder they crave a connection with adults – babies are completely dependent on others throughout their childhood for survival. However, in order to thrive, not just survive, a baby needs more than just food and shelter. Not surprisingly, a baby needs engagement and attention from Mom, Dad, or his or her caregiver. What is surprising, however, is that a baby needs a specific type of engagement – a serve and return relationship. Continue reading

Kinedu Assessments 101

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How does Kinedu tailor activity programs specifically to a child’s development? We do so through our periodic and continuous assessments.

Although these two are presented in two separate formats, they both serve the function of updating your baby’s progress so that each activity program is better tailored to his or her needs.

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The first few years: linguistic development

Your baby’s language is developing way before he utters his first word. He’ll be tuning in to the outside world from the womb – listening to your voice and change of tones. He’ll continue doing this during the first months – figuring out what the rules of language are, and observing how grown-ups around him use it to communicate.

His first attempts at language will be no more than cries, coos, and gurgles that will turn into babbling vowel and consonant combinations in the third or fourth month. You’ll learn that language is more than words – smiles, and different cries will communicate pleasure or displeasure. Wait for the big breakthrough – his first word might come as early as six months! However, that connection between ‘mama’ or ‘dada’ and you might not be present yet. You’ll have to wait another six months for that! However, your baby probably understands way more than he can say at most points. So, avoid swearing unless you don’t want to be flattered by his imitation later on!

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The first few years: cognitive development

 

In this series, we’ll explain each of Kinedu’s four areas of development. Keep reading to find out what you can expect from your baby’s development in the first years!

 

Babies are a lot like little scientists – actively testing the world to figure out how it works. A baby’s cognition – or the group of mental processes that include abstract thinking, memory, problem solving, and attention – helps create this understanding of the world.

One of the first big leaps your baby will take is developing a sense of agency – or that she can make things happen. This is tied with understanding cause and effect – again, pretty important when it comes to making some sense of how the world works.

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Our most shared video

Here’s our most shared video to date – Playing with Play Dough!

The activity works to strengthen your baby’s physical tactile area of development by getting him or her to experiment with new materials and textures. Check it out below, and let us know what you think in the comments!

This video is tailored to babies 8-12 months old.

 

 

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Why the early years matter

Here at Kinedu, we’re committed to giving parents the best tools for improving their child’s development. But why do we focus on babies 0-2 years old? There’s a good reason for this!The early years matter – for the rest of a person’s life. During this important period of brain development, a baby’s brain is incredibly active – it’s changing and adapting at a rate that won’t be matched for the rest of his or her lifetime.

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