group gets ‘boring’ to us adults
In reality, A LOT of repetition is FANTASTIC
for the brain development of your baby from birth to 18 months through 2 years old. Replace the word ‘boring’ with ‘peaceful’ and read on for valuable info about infants and how their development shapes their learning.
motor skills to explore. (p. 39). The main cognitive (or ‘thinking’) goal is developing the awareness that something exists even if it is not seen.
This ability is called ‘object permanence’. Infants only ‘know’ what they can touch,
taste, see, hear, or smell.
Around 4-5 months old, an infant develops the awareness that
they are separate from you. It is at
this young age that the ‘sense of self’ begins to form (p. 33). Infants are beginning to develop trust (or
learning to not trust) based on whether their physical needs and emotional
needs are being met. Consistently
attending to an infant’s needs (feeding, diapering, comfort) in a loving
manner, teaches them to trust you and the world apart from them. “Infants need what they need when they need
it” (p. 33).
If infants do not have these needs met in a loving and prompt manner,
they learn to mistrust and doubt.
infant knows you exist when you are away, and they know they are a separate
being…the world begins to become a BIG place.
This is what causes separation anxiety to sprout. Your baby knows they are not a part of you
(physically), they know you exist, and when you leave they do not have the
ability yet to think of your memory, so they know you are not with them when
you are gone. Infants feel ‘alone,’ in a
sense, when they are unfamiliar with an environment or a caregiver. We adults know we will be coming back, but the child at this age does not.
when you are frustrated that ‘crying it out’ is not working well, you can
know that your child does not understand where you are and wants the security of
knowing you are still around. Promptly
and lovingly meeting your infant’s needs teaches them to trust you and trust
others. (That takes so much patience, doesn’t it?)
your infant develop object permanence and better motor control. There is a variety so that YOU are not bored
while emphasizing the skills that your infant needs to learn with lots of
repetition! I also use a a developmental checklist to help guide what to teach my infant and on average what they can learn during this developmental stage. I never
hear mothers tell me, “I wish I spent less time with my children,” but I always
hear the advice: “Soak up this time with them. It goes by so fast!”
(Reference: The Creative Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers)
Enjoy your time with your infant,
Enjoy your time at home!