Track your baby’s milestones — Mental skills

Peek into how your kewpie’s mind works and learn how to supercharge her brain power

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From the start, bubba’s brain is constantly abuzz just trying to make sense of the world around her. After all, this is the major organ that’s in charge of her physical coordination, language development, memory and perception! So, it’s vital for you to pay attention to the growth of her brain, since it will help her get ahead!

0 to 6 months

* Your newborn is busy looking around and learning from the moment she comes into the world. She recognises your smell and voice, and studies your face intently. Pay lots of attention to your little bundle and learn when to respond to her cues.

* By 4 months, your baby is starting to remember sounds — she’ll babble, try different ones and even copy your lip movements to get ready to speak.

* Use “parentese” — speaking with musical up-and-down tones and stretching out your vowels — to help her develop an understanding of speech and language production. For example, say “Whoose a preeety baybeee?”

* During this period, your sweetie is able to see primary colours like red, blue and green, though she may find it tough to make out different shades as the nerves in her eyes most sensitive to colour are still maturing.

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6 to 12 months

* Your mini-me can now visually follow an object (such as a rattle). When it falls out of his hands, he’ll understand that he is separate from the things around him, as well as other people. Playing peekaboo will help him realise that objects and people still exist even when they can’t see them.

* It’s never too early to boost your little one’s language development, though he may be too young to start using words. Describing things — such as “green grass” or “brown trees” — will expand his vocabulary.

* Your baby will start to understand shapes once he is able to pick up objects. He’ll gradually start to recognise outlines and forms and be able to differentiate them by first pointing at them, then sorting and separating different ones.

* Babies learn by doing things repeatedly. So singing repetitive rhymes such as This Little Piggy, or Round and Round the Garden, will teach him words and music, also hone his memory.

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