Your Brilliant Baby in Week 45: Realizing Shapes Have Meanings
What your infant learns this week
Week 45 Brain Booster
Let’s say you’re playing hide and seek with your baby. Put a large beach ball behind the curtain and hide yourself behind the sofa. If he’s around nine-months old, he’ll look for you behind the curtain; if he’s approaching 12 months, he’ll ignore the curtain and search for you elsewhere.
This is why the games of peek-a-boo and hide and seek continue to rank high on Baby’s fun list. As Baby gets older, consider hiding a toy animal. Don’t let your child know what animal you’ve hidden. Now make a mooing sound as the child searches for it. See joy on your child’s face once she finds the cow. Next hide a horse but make a quacking noise. See disappointment on your child’s face when she finds the horse, and notice if she keeps looking until she finds a duck. (Then, well, hide the rest of the barnyard, or reconsider your plans for the day.)
Your Week 45 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 eleventh month?
- Use our Development Tracker to check off your child’s 8-12 month milestones.
- Here’s what our pediatrician says you might be worried about this month.
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