Do You Know Your Baby's Cognitive Development Milestones?
Although infants were once considered completely passive and unthinking, we now know they can retain knowledge and develop cognitive skills as early as the day they were born. Find out how a baby’s brain works in the first year and how to encourage your child’s cognitive development.
Question 1 of 10
Your child’s cognitive development refers to his:
|Increasing conventionality, as he learns to be a “cog” in the larger “machine” of society|
Developing intellect, knowledge, and perception
Cognitive development refers to higher brain functioning: awareness, perception, and reasoning, among others. Although babies were once thought of as completely passive and unknowing until they began speaking, we are now aware that even the youngest infants are capable of thinking.
|Growth of mechanical knowledge|
|Increasing flaws, as he moves away from being a clean slate of untouched perfection|
Question 2 of 10
If you notice your baby struggling to get something that is out of his reach, this:
|Means she is physically challenged|
Shows her natural curiosity and desire to interact with the world
As your baby develops it is natural that she will attempt to grasp at the things she sees, which is a normal part of her development.
|Is a metaphor for her future—she will never quite achieve her goals|
|Means she is a go-getter|
Question 3 of 10
By month seven, your child expresses his unique personality by:
Showing a preference for certain toys
When your baby reaches for a certain toy over and over again, that's more than a coincidence; it's a preference. Your baby has a personality or temperament that is all his own. And encouraging your child's play may be an effective way to boost his brain!
|Mumbling his interests in low tones|
|Detailing his dreams through poetry|
|Dropping out of tummy time sessions and leaving for Europe to find himself|
Question 4 of 10
Is there nothing that a kid won’t stick in her mouth? Once Baby passes her first half-birthday, everything ends up soaked in saliva. Why?
|She is orally fixated and needs infant counseling|
|As taste buds are developing, your baby’s natural hunger takes over|
This is how she explores the world around her; using her senses helps her learn about herself and her environment
Around six months, babies are in—what's known by some cognitive scientists as—the sensorimotor stage, which means her exploration of the world has taken on a tactile quality. Sucking and touching helps her learn about herself and the world. Sometimes it may get messy, but it's important to Baby's learning and development.
|Your child marks her territory with spit; this is her way of making her presence in your household known|
Question 5 of 10
At around seven months, you notice that your baby seems to smile whenever you say his name. This is:
|A coincidence; stop projecting onto your kid!|
|Because he is a genius|
|Because he has developed an infantile reflex, known as the Moniker Response|
Because he now recognizes it
At seven months, Baby smiles when you call our to him to show you that he knows his name! It is now embedded in his identity; say it and watch him squeal with glee.
Question 6 of 10
Playing with your child:
|Makes no difference at all in how your kid turns out|
|Shows her that the world is a bright and positive place|
|Will turn her into a freeloader who thinks life is but a game|
Is an important part of her developing proper cognitive functioning and brain development
Play is incredibly important for helping your child develop higher brain functioning. Your child explores the world through toys and games, and playful interaction with you will go a long way toward raising a healthy child. In fact, studies show that children who are neglected have significantly smaller brains than those who are parented properly. So, make sure to bond with your baby—it's never too early to start!
Question 7 of 10
You notice your seven-month-old using toys in ways they were not intended to be used. This means:
|Your kid can’t follow instructions—good luck raising that one!|
|He doesn’t like his toys|
He is right on schedule; exploring toys in various ways is a normal part of cognitive development
Your child won't start to play with things properly until about the time he hits his first birthday. Until then, Baby's creative uses for toys is just a part of him examining the world and interacting with his environment.
|He is too mature for playtime; it’s straight to the library for him|
Question 8 of 10
Your one-year-old tends to repeat tasks over and over again. This is because:
|Your baby’s brain works like a tape on a loop; she is stuck in the same action until her mind develops|
Babies learn through repetitive play
Repetitive play helps your child learn and builds her self-confidence.
|The repetition is calming for a young child—this is a form of infantile meditation|
|Babies are boring|
Question 9 of 10
Between the time he is born and his first birthday, your baby’s brain will:
|Stay the same size|
More than double in size
By the time he turns one, your baby's brain will have grown to be about two and a half times the size it was when he was born! That's a lot of neurons, so take advantage of each minute to boost that brain power and help your child grow up smart.
|Double in size|
Question 10 of 10
Alert Miss Manners! Your one-year-old is feeding herself with her hands—you should:
|Challenge her to a food fight|
|Enforce a table manners rule immediately. If you don’t implement etiquette at a young age, she’ll grow up to be completely crass|
|Make her feel comfortable by eating with your hands, too|
Cringe and bear it—with the help of drop cloths and patience; this is all a part of the learning process
It's totally normal for your one-year-old baby to start feeding herself with her hands. She has gone from exploring her food to understanding its function and modifying her interactions accordingly. This may get messy, but rest assured, it's all part of growing up.
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