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A brand new world
Babies soak up information like a sponge, using everything they encounter as an opportunity to learn and grow. Understanding how your baby experiences the world can help you encourage essential skill-building and learning. Let’s take a look at some of the key developmental milestones that occur during the first two years of life.
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Safe to explore
During a baby’s first two months, they love to look at faces and high-contrast colors. They will begin to recognize your voice and follow it as you move and will clench anything you place against their palm. Their limbs are still somewhat of a mystery, but they may begin to gain some control of them by the end of this phase. Nurturing a loving connection with your baby will help them feel safe to explore the world. Sing and talk to your baby and show them black and white or colorful pictures of faces and shapes. Consider introducing toys designed especially for new babies. KiwiCo’s Panda Crate will deliver a bi-monthly crate full of age-specific activities developed by researchers at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Each fun, science-backed delivery is designed to be perfectly aligned to your baby’s current stage.
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A sense of wonder
Over the next four months, your little one’s senses are strengthening as they make new connections every day. Right now, their main tool is their mouth—everything goes in it and they love to try out different sounds. By the end of this stage, your baby may begin enjoying social games like peekaboo. Throughout these months, engage your baby’s senses and increasing hand-eye coordination with a variety of objects they can grab, explore, and safely chew on. That’s why KiwiCo’s Panda Crate delivery for this stage is filled with interactive colors, shapes, and textures, encouraging babies to practice important skills while nurturing their natural curiosity.
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On the move
From seven months until your baby’s first year, they are ready to sit, scoot, crawl, and maybe even walk. Your baby may begin to recognize words and can more easily pick up objects. This can be a challenging stage for parents, as everything in the house is now interesting to baby. Your baby will enjoy banging and dropping things as well as filling and dumping. Repeat words and name things often and encourage your baby to imitate. Toys and activities that help them learn spatial skills are incredibly helpful right now. To maximize learning, KiwiCo Panda Crate recommends focusing on toys that play with concepts like “over” and “under.”
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Count with me
In the first half of your baby’s first year, they are a budding mathematician! Increasingly mobile and dextrous, they are now interested in matching shapes and sorting objects. These types of activities will help them develop a sense of numbers, laying the foundation for future math learning. The experts who develop Panda Crate recommend providing one-year-old’s with stacking and nesting toys and exposing them to numbers. You’ll find these types of activities and more in their fun crate for this exciting age.
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An expanding world
Your little one is no longer seeming like a baby as they near their second birthday. Still rapidly learning, they are all about experimentation and highly curious about cause and effect. Their developing persistence helps them master new skills such as using the potty and their imagination is growing by the day. Encourage your child to learn about the world around them and build critical skills through repetitive play. At this stage, Panda Box focuses on introducing plenty of books and toys that help them identify and engage with familiar places and objects in their environment.
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Throughout your baby’s first two years of life, everything must be newly discovered. As their abilities and sensory perceptions expand with each new day, they are creating the foundation for the cognitive, creative, physical, emotional, and social skills they will use throughout their lives. Helping your baby feel safe to explore with age-specific toys such as those found in Panda Box deliveries will inspire their curiosity and sense of wonder, creating the foundation for a lifetime of learning.
KiwiCo’s Panda Crate is a bi-monthly, age-specific delivery that’s bursting with creative, hands-on activities for parents and babies to discover together. Designed in partnership with experts at Seattle Children’s Hospital, they’re fun for babies and grounded in the science of early childhood development. Save 30% on your first crate with code Ovia30.