No two children develop at the same rate, and there is huge variation in age norms for achievements! Every child has their own unique developmental timetable that drives their growth. Hopefully reading that provides some initial relief to your concerns.
So, how do we support that timetable? How do we help our babies learn? How can we help them meet their milestones? Because we, as parents, want to do everything we can to make our children successful, right?
Well, babies learn through movement and interacting with their environment. They learn by doing. So, we provide them with lots of developmental play time.
"Developmental play" probably sounds intimidating. But, it's not! It does not mean structuring a fancy activity you found on Pinterest, buying a ball pit, or subscribing to well marketed monthly subscription toy boxes, or needing to be SuperMom. It can be so much simpler and more affordable!
In my free email course, I want to share with you 5 easy and inexpensive ways to support your baby's development during play time, without being SuperMom, so that you can more confidently play with your 9 pound nugget in a way that boosts her learning and helps her meet her motor milestones. This is not a list of play activities, but instead 5 effective and simple strategies to create the conditions for rich exploratory developmental play.
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meet the blogger
Austen is a pediatric occupational therapist with experience in schools, early intervention, and private clinic settings. She now runs her own private practice in Portland, OR specializing in movement based learning techniques. This blog's mission is to educate and empower parents and children by sharing insights into the complexities of learning and development.