Baby’s Developmental Leaps Leap 7 – Sequences

Saltos do desenvolvimento do bebê Salto 7 – Sequência

In Developmental Leap 7 your baby enters the world of sequences.

Since the beginning of leap 6, I could observe a messy baby, one who took everything out of place, wanted to crumple things and throw and tear up paper. This is the phase of taking everything out of place to see what happens and how it works. When the baby moves from leap 6 to leap 7, the opposite happens. The baby that is starting the 7th leap enters the world of sequences and what was once a mess is now the phase of putting it back in place. He’s going to start putting things inside one another, putting them next to each other in a sequential way.

Leap 7 happens at around 10 months. At this stage, the baby already begins to understand that objects have specific functions, and he tries to use them in the right way. For example, a ball that is to kick, a spoon to eat, etc. In this phase, he also starts to show more of his will, to eat, not to sleep, to play, etc.

Each of your baby’s goals has a certain plan to achieve. He takes a closer look at the parts of his toys before using them, especially those to assemble, like blocks and pins. Your baby will be able to stack blocks and place the pins in the hole in a more accurate, organized way. For now he understands that in order to achieve a goal, it is necessary to make a sequence of things before being successful.

Besides Leap 7, babies go through another 9 developmental leaps.

Let’s understand what Developmental Leaps are and how it is possible to help babies enjoy this phase smoothly.

What are developmental leaps?

For those who have a baby at home, it’s easy to see how quickly they change and develop, isn’t it?

Babies seem to adapt very easily to the world outside the womb and, suddenly, when everything seems like roses, they cry and have trouble sleeping, eating, etc.

Some mood changes in babies are due to their developmental process. It is very possible that the baby is going through what we call a developmental leap.

Developmental leaps are those times when the baby is learning a new skill. These moments are accompanied by some behavioral stress in babies, which we can say is normal, since the baby may be anxious about a new discovery, or feel afraid.  We can say that all changes in life bring discomfort, fear and anxiety, and, with the little ones, it is no different.

Babies’ behavior in the face of developmental leaps can vary from one child to the other. Babies are interested in the things that happen around them, or, in other words, in the sensations they feel with new discoveries, however, each baby expresses this in his own way. There are babies who are fascinated by everything they see; other babies prefer to hear sounds. There are those who like warmth and affection all day long. Each baby is unique and will act differently for each sensation.

However, we can simplify this process that babies experience and understand what is happening to the baby. Parents can help their child develop and also go through the leaps of development more smoothly. Just identify which jump your child is at the moment and follow the tips we have for each phase of your baby.

Seventh Leap Characteristics – Strings

In the leap 7 phase, as mentioned above, your baby will begin to recognize, do, observe and understand a series of events that form a sequence. For example, eating soup with a spoon, which for him means taking a spoon, putting it on the plate, taking it to his face and putting it in his mouth, and not in his eye or nose. Your baby starts making connections to perform the tasks.

 

Let’s learn more about baby development in leap 7 and how you can help your baby make even more progress.

One thing needs to be done before the other

Analyzing our life, we can mention several examples that, for us, are already so common and automatic that we barely notice, but, for the baby, it is exactly how he is seeing the world at the time of the leap 7.  Before brushing our teeth we put toothpaste on the brush and only then put it in the mouth, to bathe, first we take off our clothes and only then get under the shower, among many other examples. Your baby begins to perceive that order to do certain things.

Showing your will

At this stage, your baby already starts to point a finger or make sounds that indicate something he wants. He already understands that a request from himself that, even without speaking, generates a reaction from the mother, and the consequence is to comply with the baby’s request. By this new understanding, he begins to ask for what he wants, without difficulties he previously had.

Showing the Way

Since your baby is living in the world of sequences, it is normal for him to also start indicating paths to where he wants to go. Now he realizes that, to get somewhere, he has to follow a direction.

 

Asking for help

Your baby already understands that every action generates a reaction in Mom, right? So, he already understands that, when he is unable to do something, he asks for help. This phase is a new discovery for him, and, for that reason, he can jokingly ask for help, just to see the parents help to assemble a toy or, for example. For him, it is a new skill to ask for help and be attended to.

 

How to Help Your Baby During the Seventh Leap – Sequences

Here are some tips to help your baby go through leap 7 in a more beneficial way for his development and also with more security about the changes that the little one has been undergoing.

Tip 1: Turn the pages

At this age, the baby can already turn the pages of a book, after all it is a sequence. So, our tip is to give the baby a book and encourage him to turn the pages alone. This will further stimulate his development, and he will have a lot of fun learning.

Don’t forget to praise your baby whenever he does something new.

Tip 2: Point and name

Now that your baby already knows how to point to things and ask, do the same with him. That way, he will learn to name things and will have a lot of fun whenever you ask him to get something for you. This is an opportunity for him to experience sequences.

Tip 3: Daily activities

Use day-to-day activities to show the sequences to your baby. For example, the button that turns the TV on, the pen that writes, pressing the button of the microwave or blender that makes a noise, turning the tap on to run water and so on. Let your baby press buttons; talk to him about what will happen after pressing, picking up or turning something on.

Tip 4: Brusing his teeth

After taking this leap, your baby can take a toothbrush and put it in his mouth. The next step would be to make the brushing movement, but your baby still can’t handle so many strings, so he just takes it and puts it in his mouth. Let him play with the brush, until he learns how to use it.

 

How do you deal with the changes and the setbacks of each leap?

As we mentioned above, during each leap, the baby may have some not very pleasant changes in appetite, mood and some setbacks in sleep.

It’s par for the course, isn’t it? Even we adults have some difficulties in dealing with the new and with changes.  Imagine for the little ones who don’t know anything in this world.

See below some tips that can ease the insecurity and irritability of the baby during these phases of change and be able to enjoy his development in a more peaceful way.

Tip 1 – In these phases of change, babies try to feel safe, even though the new discoveries are fun, they are afraid, and, because of this, many babies may need more holding. That way he will feel less discomfort at this stage;

Tip 2 – Babies feel safe when they hear their mother’s heartbeat. This sound is familiar to them and brings warmth and security, so you can use a kangaroo or sling to keep your baby closer and bring more comfort to him.

Tip 3 – Stimulate your baby’s skills with every leap. That way he will develop with your support, will feel more relaxed with the changes and will have a lot of fun with the new discoveries.

Tip 4 – Be patient with the changes your baby faces. As difficult as it may be to start a new leap, over time he will adapt and get through it.

What are the other leaps in development and when do they happen?

 

The leaps in development happen more or less at specific times. Of course, each baby will have his own time, so we cannot say the exact moment, because each baby is unique. However, we can analyze approximately by the baby’s age and also by his behavior. So, it is important to observe the changes that your baby undergoes, whether in humor or also in the new things he has been doing.

 

In addition to leap number 7 that we described above, there are 9 more leaps in development. Let us understand below what they are and when they occur:

 

 

  • 1st Leap – Discovering sensations: Leap one happens approximately in the 1st month. At that moment the baby is already discovering the sensations of his body and also what happens around him. The touch of the mom’s hands, sounds, and many other things.

 

 

  • 2nd Leap – Understanding the patterns: Leap two happens approximately in the 2nd month. At this point, the baby is already discovering shapes with contrast and also has a firmer neck, so it can be placed face down to further stimulate his development. In this phase, the baby requires a little more security that he will seek in the mother and during breastfeeding.

 

 

  • 3rd Leap – Improving his skills: Leap three takes place approximately in the 3rd month. At this stage, the baby can already see objects clearly and should gradually try to follow them. He already tries (and many already can) move his eyes and head in the direction in which the object is moved. In this phase, the baby can also play with a rattle and hear the sound. He may also begin to cry louder than before.

 

  • 4th Leap – Recognizing sounds: Leap four happens approximately in the 4th month. At this stage the baby already begins to emit more acute sounds, and when the father and mother are not around he can make sounds for the purpose of calling to them. This phase can also bring more crying, but it is the phase that the baby begins to play alone more often.

 

  • 5th Leap – Making relationships: Leap five happens approximately in the 5th month. At this stage, the baby begins to become more curious to know what happens to and with some things, such as throwing an object on the floor, pulling clothing on labels, earrings, etc. He will also show dissatisfaction when the parents are away from him. In this phase, the baby can get flustered, crying more. Holding and breastfeeding are great allies at this stage.

 

  • 6th Leap – Starting to integrate: Leap six happens approximately in the 7th month. At this stage, the baby is already beginning to understand words and demonstrate that he understands some of them. In this phase, he also begins to clap and to want to crawl. He’s going to show more affection for his mother and want to be closer.

 

  • 7th Leap – Curiosity about what is and what the things are for: Leap seven happens approximately in the 10th month. At this stage, the baby already begins to understand that objects have specific functions, and he tries to use it in the right way. For example, a ball is to be kicked, a spoon to eat, etc. At this stage, he also begins to demonstrate more of his will, to eat, not to sleep, to play, etc.

 

  • 8th Leap – Playing with objects: Leap eight happens approximately in the 11th month. At this stage, your baby begins to use creativity. He also observes what adults do and tries to imitate them. This phase also brings some changes in sleep, and the baby can further express the desire not to sleep.

 

  • 9th Leap – Desire for independence: The ninth leap happens approximately at fourteen months. At this stage, the baby already begins to want to dress alone, will also test emotions and start negotiating. This phase is also the time when he begins to not want to go with other people, only with his mother.

 

  • 10th Leap – Control of his body: The tenth leap happens approximately in the first year and a half. At this stage, the baby already knows how to control his desires and also understands more clearly his parents’ will. However, expressing himself is still difficult. He may lose his appetite a little and also have nightmares at this stage.

 

Now that you’ve understood how developmental leap ten works, take the opportunity to learn more about these other leaps we mentioned above. The more you understand how each leap works, the easier it will be for the baby and also for you to go through the changes in a calm, meaningful way. Every new step in the development that your baby takes is fun for him, and he has the desire to improve and train new skills. Just encourage and congratulate him so that he can move forward more and more.

 

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