Category Archives: Key Milestones

The first few years: motor development

Motor development is a sub-domain of the Physical Developmental area – look out for the rest of the area’s articles!

Motor skills, like everything else – are learned, and practice is key.

In order to develop her motor skills, your baby needs opportunities to strengthen her muscles, and coordinate her actions. In her first few months, this will come down to getting enough “tummy-time”, which will strengthen upper body muscles. When lying on her back, your baby may start to lift her head momentarily, and turn her head from side to side. Test her grasp reflex – you can place your finger in her hand, she’ll automatically curl her fingers around it!

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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

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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