Stimulating developmental milestones
As your baby nears toddlerhood, playtime is more important than ever. His brain is growing fast, and that drives his pursuit of cognitive, motor, communication and social milestones. Here are a few activities you can do together that are fun and will help your ‘almost’ toddler down the road of development.
Encourage communication milestones by responding to your baby’s exclamations as if he is using clearly spoken language and try to engage him in a back-and-forth “conversation.”
Take turns hiding: Cover your head with a small blanket and let your baby pull it off to reveal you. Next, put it loosely over his head and pull it off. He’ll quickly catch on that the game works both ways.
Promote hand-eye coordination by putting some toys in a net bag, and show your baby how to take things out and put them back.
Babies of this age love to hear music, especially songs. Introduce different genres of music to your child.
Stimulate his cognitive and communication development through pretend play, like having a tea party or building a sand castle. Provide common household items for your baby to play with such as boxes, pans, spoons and keys.
Get in the habit of waving good-bye. As your child develops socially, he will be able to imitate this simple gesture during the period when he’s having difficulty with your leaving.
To flex those motor skills, arrange the furniture so that your baby can easily—and safely—move around by holding onto various chairs and tables.
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11–12 months
Learn more about milestones online.