In the face of so much potential and thirst for learning, how can you best guide your child? Where do you start? “You guide your child every day, in the seemingly insignificant things you do that are really very important. Each act influences your baby’s development.”
In the face of so much potential and thirst for learning, how can you best guide your child? Where do you start? “You guide your child every day, in all the little things you do that may seem insignificant but that are really very important. Each one influences your baby’s development,” explains Patrick Major.
Individual differences among babies are normal. The ages mentioned for each stage of development are for reference only, not strict deadlines to reach. But if your child seems to be significantly lagging behind in a certain area, don’t hesitate to seek advice.
Nine precious months
In 9 months, the fetus has already experienced several things inside his mother’s uterus. At 20 weeks, he brings his thumb to his mouth to suck it, he grabs and holds on to his umbilical cord, he “walks” on the uterus wall, he yawns. He’s already aware of sounds, music and taste. Even if it’s difficult to measure certain capabilities inside the uterus, such as hearing, sight and taste, we know that at birth, all senses are primed. The same goes for essential survival reflexes, like turning his head on the side of the cheek you touch, sucking, swallowing, grabbing and so on. “These reflexes already develop in the uterus and will later form the basis for movement control and the baby’s reactions to his environment,” says Major.