Is your baby the next Einstein? Perhaps in good time! But right now, she’s simply enjoying exploring her world with unlimited curiosity. That’s what baby science is!
When you take her outside, watch as she touches the ground, looks at the sky, and listens to the people around her. Notice her wonder and intrigue when raindrops touch her skin and pay attention to whether she loves the furry friends she discovers… or whether she’s wary of them. This is a time of great exploration for your baby as she builds the foundations of her scientific knowledge. She’s using all five senses to figure out her world… and her place in it!
I React to the World… and the World Reacts to Me.
Does your baby pull his feet up when you try to sit him in the grass? Does he cry when sand gets between his toes? These sensations are new and different to him, but he’s learning how to navigate his physical world. Does he turn his head when you raise your voice? Jump when the lights come on? Maybe he wants to flip the light switch himself to see what happens. Let him! He’s discovering cause and effect and reacting to his environment. He’s a little scientist in the making!
I Like to Feel the Sun on My Face.
As your baby gets older and her sleep patterns stabilize, she’ll begin to understand the difference between night and day. And when the sun comes up, she’ll be ready to explore and learn! Perhaps she’ll test the taste of a fallen leaf or toss a rock to see what happens. Watch her when she hears the sound the rock makes, when she crinkles her nose at the taste of the leaf, when the wind blows her hair. She has so much to discover!
I Know My Toes and Where Flowers Grow.
This is a huge time of exploration and discovery for your baby. He’s fascinated by what he finds outdoors – from rocks to plants to small, crawly critters – and he loves to share this knowledge with you and the other people in his life. Not only is he interacting with the world around him, but he’s discovering things about himself, too… fingers, toes, eyes, nose. Ask him where his ear is and watch him demonstrate how much he knows!
I Love Learning about the Things Humans Make.
Is your baby mesmerized by your phone? The buckles on her carseat? The zipper on her winter coat? Good! That means she’s right where she’s supposed to be – exploring and appreciating the things her fellow humans have developed. Perhaps someday she’ll engineer something of her own, but for now, she’s too busy exploring all the exciting human-made creations in her world.
I Can Make Things Happen!
He smears ketchup across his tray to create some food art, and when you put him in the bathtub after dinner, he kicks his feet in the water to see how big a splash he can make. Your baby is discovering cause-and-effect – and even though it’s sometimes a messy process, it’s an essential part of his scientific growth!
All children learn and grow at their own pace and in their own way. For more information about the skills and milestones for your child's age check out our developmental milestones resource page. If you continue to have concerns or questions please give us a call at 1-800-299-1627.