Infant/Toddler Development refers to a child's development in the first 24-36 months of life. During this period, an infant experiences rapid physical growth, as well as dramatic growth in motor skills, cognitive and language skills, and social skills. This is a very exciting time for babies, as they are experiencing their world for the first time. It's important to know what sorts of things to expect from babies during this stage.
Babies are born with all five senses active, and although some are considerably underdeveloped, they rapidly mature as the baby grows. From birth, infants begin learning about the world around them through their senses. The titles in this section describe the progression a typically developing child goes through in developing their senses, and describes how adults and caregivers can best support that development. Although babies develop at their own pace, it's important to be aware of what milestones to expect, and at what point to worry that something may not be right. Titles range from activity-based programs designed to stimulate growth, to developmental research aimed at describing the different stages of an infant's life, to theoretical research into the development of identity and the sense of self.
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