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Jumping infant development - learn what their next cycles are related to

Jumping infant development - learn what their next cycles are related to



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The first year of a child's life is the time of his most intensive development. During these twelve months, not only weight and height change significantly, but also the nervous system, thanks to which the toddler acquires further skills. While physical development is smooth, in the case of the nervous system, developmental jumps of infants can be seen.

During the first year of life, the toddler goes through seven of them. They last from several days to several weeks, and each subsequent one is longer. The following division is indicative - subsequent developmental leaps of infants may appear sooner or later.

5 week old

During this time, the child's senses become more sensitive to stimuli from the environment. Therefore, the toddler hears, sees, smells and tastes in a completely different way than before, which may seem frightening to him, and fear is expressed by shouting and crying. After the first developmental stroke, the child acquires new skills:

  • becomes more aware of sounds, touch, smells,
  • starts to smile or does it more often,
  • may cry for real tears for the first time
  • his digestive system works better (e.g. less frequent rainfall, less frequent belching).

7-8 weeks

Between the second and third month of life, the infant discovers that he has handles and begins to control his movements, although they are still uncoordinated. He also notices repetitive patterns, e.g. falling asleep after bathing. Because he sees facial expressions in others, he carefully examines the faces around them. - says an expert on infant development. After such a jump, the toddler:

  • raises his head
  • looks closely at the faces,
  • makes short sounds and listens to itself,
  • touches objects, tries to grab and hold them,
  • waves his hands and kicks his legs.

11-12 weeks

In the third month of life, the baby notices details, changes in voice tone or light intensity. His movements also become smoother when he reaches for objects or turns his head to follow a movement. Getting to know the surrounding world during this period usually involves grabbing objects and putting them in your mouth. New skills are:

  • catching objects with both hands and putting them in the mouth,
  • rising to a sitting position with someone's help,
  • pushing off legs in a lying position,
  • change the tone of the sounds produced,
  • showing boredom.

14 - 19 weeks

Between the fourth and fifth month of life, the child notices the cause-and-effect sequence of events. So he understands that if he drops the toy, the parent will pick it up, and when he shakes the rattle it will make a sound. New skills acquired in this developmental leap include:

  • rolling from belly to back and vice versa,
  • crawling attempts,
  • supporting the hands and raising the torso,
  • transferring objects from one handle to another,
  • responding to your name,
  • expressing your will, e.g. by reaching out when you want to raise them or pushing a bottle or breast when it quenches your hunger.

22 - 26 weeks

When a child is about half a year old, there is a developmental jump closely related to separation anxiety. It notices the physical distance between objects, which can frighten them, also cries when parents go to another room and is shy about strangers. He also coordinates his movements better and better. New skills are:

  • independent sitting,
  • gripping small objects with the index finger and thumb,
  • hitting objects held in both hands against each other,
  • waving goodbye.

33 - 37 weeks

During this period, the child begins to divide the world into categories and groups, and also notes that certain things have common characteristics. His reasoning thus becomes more similar to the perception of the environment by adults. New skills are:

  • recognizing and indicating shapes,
  • showing a sense of humor and jealousy
  • taking initiative while having fun.

41 - 46 weeks

As the toddler approaches the age of 11 months, he begins to spread that some events occur one after another. He also enjoys playing with toys that can be used to build something, and imitates parents. A child at this age consciously uses the word "no". New skills are: