Baby development stages 6-12 months

Developing stages for a baby between 6-12 month

October 08, 2018

Following our article Developing stages for babies from 0-6 month” , let's have scientifically look at what is going on in your baby's brain during the next development stage: 6-12 month!

Babies starting at 6 month will show interest in their surroundings and will know/recognise their parents and other family members. Though their confidence will grow at this stage, so will their anxiety and even separation fears when away from their parents.

Baby stages developmentThis is a great age to start to talk and converse with your child, you will see that your baby will pick up sound and noises and will try to copy them. Your baby's muscles will start getting stronger and your baby will start to sit up, crawl, stand and even try to make their first steps!  We promise you, this stage will be a lot of fun!

At 6 months your baby will also be ready to try some solid foods, make sure to read our articleto get some inspiration for organic homemade baby food. Starting at
6 month your baby's brain will be developing rapidly, you might even see changes on a daily basis. Though the brain is not adding new cells at the same rate it did right after birth, it`s continuing to add more axon and dendrites, which are basically the branches that allow signals to pass from neuron to neuron, enabling communication between the brains different regions. The neuron will go through a process which is referred to as “Myelination”, signals will travel faster, laying down the groundwork for moto function and complex cognition.

Let's have a look at the different developing stages of your baby and how you can further fuel them:

Communication

Did you know that in the early years of childhood, your baby might perceive many more sounds than adults do? Their challenge is actually to learn how to distinguish them. Babies will to focus on insulating certain sounds by filtering out others and by that starting to actually pick up a language. The more you talk to your baby at this stage, the more opportunities your baby will have to learn all the facets of communication.

Babies actually develop their language skills faster when their brains are focusing specifically on one sound and without distractions of background noise that could interfere with hearing and listening, so make sure to turn off that TV or radio when speaking to your little one.

Cognitive

Ever noticed that your baby is putting your patience at test by throwing or dropping her/his favorite toy on the floor over and over again? Your baby is not teasing you,  but rather learning to understand concepts like “cause and effect” as object permanence, through experimenting and repeating. When a toy falls, babies will learn about gravity, and the “bang” when the toy lands on the floor will teach the baby about sound. When you reach down to pick the toy back up, your baby learns that it can count on you to help with her/his needs. By repeating this action, your baby's neutral circuits in the  brain is being stimulated. By practicing the same actions and activities over and over again it will reinforce the lesson,  as also lay the basis for more sophisticated understanding and learning.

Motor

Cerebellum is what is behind your babies motor milestones such as sitting up, crawling and standing up. Cerebellum is the part of the brain that is in charge of coordination and balance.

Motor coordination is required to pull and push, which usually starts before your baby turns 1 year old. Motor coordination will further develop by the right/left brain differentiation, which will keep getting stronger during this developing stage. Spatial processing, which is controlled by the right brain, enables your child to make sense of the visual world, while the left brain is in charge of the language/communication skills.

Social development

Everything to do with interpret facial expressions, hearing and language skills are key in social interaction. Babies neural connections will grow considerably between 6-12 month of age, and you will find that your baby will be much more interested and engaged its surroundings. At this stage your baby will also grow greater attachment with you and the rest of the family, due to the growth of the spurt in the frontal lobes which play an essential role for memory and language. Babies will now know and recognize their Mom and Dad, as other close family members.

We promise you that stage 6 to 12 month old is an amazing one, as you will see important changes in your growing child! Is your baby in this stage? What is the most noticeable change you have seen?

In order to support a healthy brain development it is essential to provide your baby with essential nutrition. If you choose to feed your baby formula, make sure to choose an organic brand that does not contain any harmful toxins. For babies 6-12 month we recommend: Lebenswert Bio Milk Stage 2 Formula, Lebenswert Bio Stage 3—starting at 10 months—, Holle Organic Baby Formula Stage 2 and stage 3  or HiPP Combiotic Organic Stage 2 and 3 Infant Formula. Remember that we offer the best price available shipped to you directly from our warehouse in Germany or from our offices in California, Texas and New Jersey.



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