The development of cognitive skills in a baby is absolutely crucial because it lays the foundation for all their future endeavors. Cognitive skills refer to those core skills which the brain needs in order to read, learn, memorize, think and reason. They intercept information and store it in such a manner that the brain can access it when needed.
Baby Development Stages of a Toddler
The baby learns how to discover hidden objects. They love to engage in object-hiding activities which help develop their cognitive skills. Usually, the baby begins by searching in one particular location, but then the baby moves to look at various locations. Babies are also able to pass toys from one hand to another when they are given something else. They are even able to manage more than three objects at a time.
During this time, they tend to put toys in their mouth less often. They find a lot of joy in looking at picture books. Slowly they begin to display a firm understanding of relationships which are functional in nature. They learn the names of everyday objects and can differentiate both on spatial terms and based on the form.
Baby Development Stages of AroundTwo Years:
This is the time when you will see maximum growth in your children. Their eye-hand movement coordination improves with each passing day. They are able to put together objects and even take them apart when they want. Babies develop an understanding of how to use certain objects for purposes they were not intended for.
Most babies of this age can also do simple classification tasks on the basis of single dimensions. There is a rising curiosity in their minds about how things work, and they tend to explore objects with more interest. They like to choose their own activities and discover the cause and effect of different situations. It is also during this time that babies understand object permanence. This means that they are able to perceive the existence of an object or a human even if they are not in immediate sight.
Baby Development Stages of Around Three Years:
Babies learn to listen attentively to stories narrated to them by people they love. They are also able to make relevant comments in relation to the story which shows their growing power of association. Babies develop a fascination for books and love to fiddle with them for long periods of time.
They like to have their minds challenged with riddles and guessing games. Babies also learn to use simple phrases in order to convert their emotions and feelings towards a particular object.
Make sure that your baby gets all the help he or she needs in order to develop adequate cognitive skills so they can be sharp and focused as they head to preschool.