Therefore, if you buy a battery-powered, robot-like vacuum cleaner and turn it on, understand that your child might be wary, if now downright fearful, of it for a while. Once he mentally places it into the inanimate object category and comes to predict its movements, he'll relax. (This may take some time! Schedule cleanings accordingly, Mom.) Soon, your child will come to terms with the fact that inanimate objects move in a variety of ways—batteries, wind-up mechanisms, even remote-controlled motors—and you'll have to give your child less reassurance when new gadgets are underfoot.
Your Week 56 Toolbox
Related skills and topics this week
- Week 22: Knowing Which Objects Move Themselves
- Week 32: The Onset of Wariness
- Week 33: Discovering Which Objects Bump!
- Cool Tool: The Perfect Playroom
Curious about how else your toddler might be developing right now? Learn more about her clever brain and her growing body here: