Your little curious is very attracted by the novelty and is not afraid to take risks. Through his sensations, he explores, examines, compares ... It is very useful for its development, but sometimes dangerous.
He wants to touch everything
- From 3 months, your baby can seize a few seconds an object that comes into contact with his fingers. Experiments show that the less a child knows an object, the more it prolongs contact with it. Around 5 months, he grasps what is offered to him. His gesture becomes voluntary. After the 8th month, he becomes more adroit. He likes to manipulate, to nest, to throw ...
- What has to be done. Develop his touch by making him discover books in different materials, rattles, cubes to stack. Check that the objects are CE approved, that they are suitable for their age and that small items are not likely to come loose in their hands.
- What to tell him. "Since this fabric is soft, you want to put it on your cheek, and this one, listen as it makes noise when you crumple it."
He puts everything in his mouth
- His mouth is almost the third hand of your little one! It is while sucking, sucking, chewing that he discovers what surrounds him. Early childhood specialists speak of the process of "incorporation" to describe the way a child puts the world in him.
- What has to be done. We must anticipate: put out of his reach the elements he could ingest and ensure that his hands are clean.
- What to tell him. "No, I do not let you catch that, because it could hurt you, I do not want you to touch that object, no, no!"
He opens his eyes wide
- At birth, baby's vision awakens, he perceives diffuse colors, distinguishes your face, the line of hair, your eyes attract him. From the first month, he stares intently at your face. When he is able to grab objects, he sifts through his eyes what passes through his hand.
- What has to be done. From 3 to 4 months, your toddler distinguishes shades. To "feed" visual impressions, dress it in bright colors. Remember to place a mobile over his bed. And do not neglect the tender exchange of glance when after feeding, it rests in your arms.
- What to tell him. "Yes, you're looking at me, I'm your mom (your dad), you saw the little dog, and the little red car?"
Marie Auffret-Pericone with Evelyne Cotté, pediatric nurse.
"Melvin is 11 months old, he has walked on all fours at 9 months, and recently he has been standing on furniture, doing all the foolish things in the world: he's eating the soil from the flowerpots, emptying the cupboards, grabbing the trinkets on the bedside tables He is on the lookout for everything and does not fail to see that we have forgotten a felt hat on the coffee table or that his big brother has left behind a car I did not know that with the elder who walked a little later, and who seemed less eager to grow up or less curious. "Céline, mother of Melvin, 11 months, and Jules, 4 years old.)