As we mentioned in our previous articles, imitation continues. If you are reading a book to your baby or if you are reading with your baby, he or she can also take the books and pretend to read a book by himself. The books you read can also automatically show the objects they recognize. In such cases, confirm him and talk to him yourself. Can develop goals for himself. For example, he can choose the activity he wants to do now or next. He can also give you commands to test his skills. For example, he may say to you “Stop, come or go” while playing a game. It can show all the body parts of the doll. He can imitate the movements he observes around him. For example, wiping around with a cleaning cloth, changing the channel with the television remote, or putting food in your dog’s food bowl, etc. Can ask questions containing 2-3 words. Again, he can make simple sentences containing 2-3 words. It can imitate the intonations you make while speaking.
His memory is also starting to get stronger. At the point where we stop in a book you are reading, he can say the words he recognizes for you. He can memorize the lyrics and try to dance when he sings or hears a song somewhere. He can hit a ball with his foot and dribble the ball with his foot. He can now run freely, but may fall when cornering or when he has to stop suddenly. Fine motor skills continue to develop. For example, he can join his thumb and forefinger to make the all right gesture. He can understand what makes you happy and what makes you angry. He experiences many emotions and his actions show it, but he can’t put every one into words. For example, hugging when happy. Has difficulty cooperating, may be sensitive to criticism.
How to Support Your Baby’s Development
For children, the outside world is a brand new environment waiting to be explored with different sounds, different colors and all the activity it has. So do your child a favor and try to go outside every day when the weather conditions are not too bad. Think about it, while you have the freedom to go out whenever you want, all the freedom of your child is as much as you give him. Do not keep your child imprisoned within 4 walls in order to protect them from the dangers of the outside. However, when you take your child out, stay away from indoor places and shopping centers as much as possible. Taking a walk by the lake or the sea, if there is no lake or sea around, walking in the park, swinging on a swing, going out to open market places will both offer new opportunities for your child to explore and a little outdoor air will contribute positively to his sleep and appetite.
You can contribute to fine motor skills development by transferring large items such as socks and clothes from one bucket to another. Your child is mentally mature enough to learn the concepts of inside and outside this month. Using sentences containing these in daily life ensures that the concepts of inside and outside are well established in your mind. Rhymes and songs such as Let’s go out, get the bag in the car are important in promoting the ability to use grammar. Sing and dance a lot together. Repeat the rhymes using your gestures and facial expressions. For example, “Knock Knock who is there ?” If you have balls of different sizes and colors, line them up in front of him and ask him for the big ball, the red ball. If he can’t, encourage him and then try again. This month, your baby can play matching games with cards. Play the game with 4 pairs of cards at the beginning, then you can increase the number of cards as you find the right cards.
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