During the first six months parents and trusted subs are the center of baby’s universe. While this remains true during all states of development, The Second Six Months: Moving Up – Part One Articles from six to twelve months baby develops the skills to extend his world of interest. He becomes less an arms and lap baby and more an exploring floor baby. During his stage, growth accelerates. Baby’s weight increases by a third, first words appear, and true thumb-and-forefinger pickups emerge, as well as first crawls and steps. These skills also bring about parents’ development as safety patrol officers. Baby’s motor development allows him to get more and more of his body off the ground. By six months he’s on his own two feet, and the baby chase begins.
Six To Nine Months: Exploring Big
Two important skills form the next steps up the ladder of infant development: progressing from sitting to crawling and learning to pick up objects with thumb and forefinger. At each stage of development baby masters one primary skill that then triggers a series of accomplishments. In this stage, sitting without support is the master skill. This, in turn, opens a wide new world for baby to explore. He now sees his environment straight on, an entirely different perspective from the one he gets lying on his back. By six or seven months, most babies can sit unsupported. Since he no longer needs his arms to prop himself up, baby is able to use them more fully for socializing and play.
The Crawling Sequence
Line up ten beginning crawlers at the starting gate and watch them make their individual ways around the track. They all reach the finish line, but with different styles and different speeds. Each is normal. While no two babies crawl the same, most follow a similar sequence of development.
Intense curiosity coupled with increasing strength in trunk, arm, and leg muscles seem to plant an idea in baby’s mind: “I have the capability to handle my toys. Now how do I get to them?” Here’s how one skill leads to another. The ability to sit unsupported encourages baby to try lunging forward in pursuit of a desired toy. Place your baby’s toys just beyond his reach and you will notice that he lunges to lengthen his reach, extending his hands and arms to rake the toy in paw like fashion until it is comfortably within reach.