Your Brilliant Baby in Week 22: Knowing Which Objects Move Themselves
What your infant learns this week
Week 22 Brain Booster
But why would babies care about which objects can move on their own and which need a shove? Well, once infants determine how objects versus people move, they’re not surprised or caught off-guard when they see a new movement for the first time: Immediately, they can place the item in an animate or inanimate category. Once they “get it,” they’re better able to predict movements and, therefore, more competent to organize and mange the world in which they live.
Soon your child will even learn which toys need batteries to move, which need to be wound up, and which require pushing instead of pulling. He’ll see that birds fly on their own because they’re made of biological components but that airplanes need engines. No doubt your child is fascinated by unusual motion—watching and making it—as he grows.
Your Week 22 Toolbox
Related skills and topics this week include …
Curious about how else Baby might be developing right now? Learn more about her brilliant brain and her growing body here:
- What’s happening in Baby’s sixth month?
- Use our Development Tracker to check off your child’s 4-7 month milestones.
- Here’s what our pediatrician says you might be worried about this month.
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