Baby will now be very busy practising and refining skills involving their hands, fingers, eyes and brain. Through repeating activities, baby’s brain connections will be strengthened.
Baby will be getting particularly interested in what they can make happen to objects. They’ll try things out and repeat actions that have had interesting results — this is called ‘cause-and-effect testing’. Baby is like a little scientist — they keep testing to see if the same action has the same effect.
Ask the whānau:
- What have you and baby been up to since we met last time?
- What is baby interested in at the moment?
- Have you seen baby repeating any activity over and over?
Affirm what parents have been noticing and make any links to the development listed below.
During this period, several parts of baby’s development ‘come together’:
- Curiosity — If a baby lives in a loving environment where they trust their caregivers, they’ll be most interested in exploring.
- Vision — Baby can see colours, see further and see in 3 dimensions.
- Large (big muscle) motor skills — Baby may be moving around, and finding and exploring things that look interesting.
- Fine (small muscle) motor skills — Baby can grasp, manipulate using one or both hands, pass things from one hand to the other, shake, bang, drop and throw.
They’ll be developing their ‘pincer’ grasp — using their thumb and forefinger to pick up smaller objects.
- Are there any areas about baby’s development that you are concerned about?
In the SKIP Whakatipu booklet Te Pihinga 2 (pages 5 and 6), whānau say:
‘We notice the types of toys pēpi likes to play with. We try and make our own with simple things from around the house…She is learning to “multi task” using information from her senses all at once, e.g. reach, poke, mouth, grab, listen and look.’
- What are some of the things your pēpi likes to play with from around the house that you’re happy for them to have?
- What sort of multi-tasking have you seen baby doing?
How does this topic relate to the SKIP resources?
Baby Wall Frieze – Ka taea au ki te mātakitaki - I can watch
Six things children need - Te ārahi me te māramatanga - guidance and understanding