Baby Development Chart
The following Infant Developmental Chart provides guidelines to the development stages and can be used so that appropriate educational toys that can be chosen and introduced to compliment the development of mental and movement skills at the appropriate time. These are only guidelines - every baby has a different rate of development - use the Baby Development Chart for choosing and introducing the right educational and interactive toys at the correct stage of Development and as a guide to the progress of your baby.

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You will find that by applying the information contained in the Baby Development Chart you will be able to relate this to your choices of Educational Toys to your advantage and most importantly your baby's advantage and development rate.

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Baby Development Chart

Baby Development Chart
Age in Months
What babies are able to understand & appreciate!
Mental and Movement skills  
Newborn - 1 month
Soothing Music - High contrast patterns and faces - Will cry if over or under stimulated. Will be alert for every one in ten hours.
1 - 2 Months
Soothing Music - Visual stimulation - Follows sounds and objects
2 - 3 Months
Recognises faces and sounds - Plays with hands and feet - ability to grasp objects is developing - likes high contrast images
3 - 4 Months
Starts to explore by taste - follows moving objects - able to bear some weight on legs - teething starts
4 - 5 Months
Shows interest in bright colors - Starts to show preferences - Grips and moves objects
5 - 6 Months
Able to concentrate on one toy at a time - can roll over
6 - 7 Months
Starts to understand what to do with various toys and items. Can shake a rattle or other toys - Responds to himself in a mirror - rolls in both directions
7 - 8 Months
Realises that an object may be behind something - loves playing peek-a-boo - sits independently - reaches out for objects - tries to crawl
8 - 9 Months
Starts to crawl and explore - Understands the concept of building objects - moves an item from one hand to the other - starts to imitate sounds
9 - 10 Months
Understanding some language phrases - starts to build, stack and disassemble toys - points - stands with some support
10 - 11 Months
Understanding of language and words continue - starts to build, stack and disassemble toys - able to pick up smaller items - walks holding on to furniture - likes to play hand games
11 - 12 Months
Understanding of words increases - able to climb - enjoys and initiates play with others
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Educational Toys - Suitability - Development Chart
There are many types of educational toy available and the vast range on offer can be confusing. It's therefore not unusual that we will buy an educational toy which will appeal to us but not be suitable for the baby. The suitability of a educational toys depends on the age and developmental stage of the baby. Pick an educational toy which will stimulate the senses and skills that correspond to the correct stage of development ! A baby's senses are at different stages of development. For instance the sense of hearing is much further advanced than the sense of sight. Between birth and 3 months the range of sight is no more than between 8 and 10 inches. It would therefore make perfect sense to encourage the use of stimulating toys that can be appreciated at the appropriate infant development stage. 

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A Development Chart - Educational and Interactive Toys
The Baby Development Chart will help you to choose the most appropriate stimulating Educational and Interactive toys to suit the age and skill levels. We hope that this information will provide the guidelines required. It must be remembered when looking at any kind of Baby Development Chart that every baby has different rates of developing.

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