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Games for Your 41 Week Old Baby | 10-12 Month Games

Wave Hello: Baby may have some stranger anxiety. It is normal for baby to get nervous or shy around new people. Encourage them to wave hello when meeting new people. Helps baby stay calm. Wave Bye-Bye: Baby will start using gestures like shaking their head “no,” or reaching out to show they want “more.” Try teaching them a … Continued

Games for Your 40 Week Old Baby | 10-12 Month Games

Family Meals: Have baby join you at the table during mealtime so they notice the different foods you are eating. Share new, safe, bite-sized foods from your plate. Helps expose baby to different smells and sights. First Time Foods: Give baby new foods first, while they’re still hungry and more open to the new experience. Helps baby to … Continued

Why is Baby Crying? Here Are the Top 5 Reasons

As much as we wish baby could always be smiling and giggling, it is a fact of early life babies will cry—a lot. They will usually cry on a daily basis, and especially in their first few months of life. As a newborn, crying is a way of communicating with you about their basic needs. … Continued

Understanding the Vestibular Sense: The Movement and Balance Sense

What does our vestibular (movement and balance) sense allow us to do? It slows us to move smoothly and maintain balance while doing activities like walking and running, and staying upright when we sit and stand. When do we use the vestibular sense? Holding head up Learning to walk Walking on a curb Sliding down … Continued

Understanding Proprioception: The Body Awareness Sense

Let’s look at our proprioception (body awareness) sense. It tells us where our body parts are without looking at them. This sense help with coordination and how much force to use when holding, pushing, pulling, or lifting objects. When do we use proprioception? Brushing hair Playing a sport Holding an egg Writing or drawing Touching … Continued

Milestone Checklist

Check off your child’s milestones as they reach them, to know more about your baby’s development! What’s Inside? Our developmental milestone checklist is sorted by age and four topics: motor, sensory, communication, and feeding Track milestones up to their third birthday This makes it easy to find and track the most important child development information!

Communication Checklist

When should baby say their first words? When can you begin to have a conversation with your toddler? Use this checklist to track the communication development of infants and toddlers. What’s Inside? Expressive communication (speech & language) milestones by age Receptive communication (hearing & understanding) milestones by age

Feeding Checklist

Feeding is so important for baby, but it takes time and motor development before they’re ready for different foods. What’s Inside? This checklist answers common questions like: When is baby is ready for finger food? If baby starts to sit, what are the best foods for them to eat? If baby starts solids, do they … Continued

Ability Checklist

Are you wondering what your child should be able to do at a certain age? Perhaps you’re wondering when baby will explore objects or develop hand eye coordination. Download the ability checklist to track these abilities and find out! It is important to look at your child’s overall tendencies and clusters of behavior. One or … Continued

What is the Vestibular Sense? Understanding the “Balance” Sense

At every age, senses help with more than just seeing, smelling, tasting, feeling, and hearing. Senses play an important role in everything from staying balanced, to riding a bike, to knowing when we’re hungry and thirsty. Here we’ll dive into the vestibular sense, also known as the balance sense. Learn more about all the senses … Continued

What is Proprioception? Understanding the “Body Awareness” Sense

At every age, senses help with more than just seeing, smelling, tasting, feeling, and hearing. Senses play an important role in everything from staying balanced, to riding a bike, to knowing when we’re hungry and thirsty. Here we’ll dive into a sense called proprioception, also known as the body awareness sense. Learn more about all … Continued

What is the Interoception Sense? Understanding the “Internal” Sense

At every age, senses help with more than just seeing, smelling, tasting, feeling, and hearing. Senses play an important role in everything from staying balanced, to riding a bike, to knowing when we’re hungry and thirsty. Here we’ll dive into a sense called interoception, also known as the internal body sense. Learn more about all … Continued

Meeting Milestones – Encourage Baby to Bring Hands to Feet

How to: Help Baby Reach Both Hands to Play with Feet Activity – Tilt baby’s hips upward. Why it Helps – Baby will feel what muscles they need to use lift their hips against gravity. Activity – Bring baby’s feet into view. Why it Helps – Baby starts to see their feet and reach for … Continued

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Listas de verificación Lista de Comprobación de Hitos Todos nuestros hitos están apoyados por hallazgos de la Academia Estadounidense de Pediatría. Utilice esta lista de verificación para seguir el desarrollo de su hijo. Si observa que su hijo no está cumpliendo con ninguno de sus hitos, lleve esta lista de verificación a su proveedor de … Continued

How To Make Sure Baby Gets the Nap Time They Need

We know that sleep is essential for childhood development. In fact, children will spend 40% of their childhood asleep! So, how much of that sleep should be from naps? How long should your baby nap for, and is there an age when napping should end? Here are some helpful napping tips, so you know where … Continued

Parents’ Guide to Baby’s Core

Baby’s core strength is key to their development! Their core strength powers their gross motor skills. Baby’s core can be strengthened from birth through Tummy Time. You can also keep baby active with our Baby Games. Watch to learn more about baby’s core! Want to watch more videos about related topics? Click the buttons below! … Continued

How Baby’s Motor Development Impacts Their Feeding

Starting solid foods is an exciting milestone for baby! It opens up a whole new world of tastes and textures for them, and you can start to learn more about which foods are their favorites. Baby typically starts solid foods around 4-6 months of age, but did you know that baby’s readiness to start solids … Continued

Parents’ Guide to the Importance of Motor Skills

For children of all ages, motor skills are an important part of development. They help us explore independently and learn about the world around us. Here are some ways to strengthen motor skills at any age: Do Tummy Time Play Baby Games Explore these 80+ activities and crafts that will help with fine and gross … Continued

Parents’ Guide to Burping Baby

Burping baby is an important part of their early digestion and feeding development. Many parents have burping questions—how long should baby be burped for? What does typical burping look like? And are their different ways to burp baby? Watch for answers to all these questions! Want to learn more about burping baby? Check out our … Continued

Parents’ Guide to How to Swaddle Baby

Baby’s sleep is so important for their development. In their first few months, baby may like to be swaddled to help calm and comfort them as they prepare to sleep. Swaddling can be tricky, so we show parents make a snug and safe swaddle for their little one. Watch to learn more about the benefits … Continued

Parents’ Guide to Limiting Kids’ Screen Time

It may seem like screens are the main way to play these days, but there are so many benefits to activities that don’t require screens! When you child takes part in screen-free activities, they can help to develop their sensory, play, communication, social-emotional, and motor skills. Looking for some screen-free activity inspiration? Check out some … Continued

Parents’ Guide to the Importance of Baby Reaching Hands to Feet

Do you notice when baby is on their back, they’re reaching for their feet? While it might seem like just a really cute way to play, this is actually an important motor milestone that your baby is reaching! Known sometimes as “finding their feet,” baby reaches hands to feet to get familiar with their body … Continued

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