By the time your infant reaches 6 months, he will have surpassed innumerable milestones including lifting the head, fully developed hearing, turning toward familiar voices and sounds, babbling, mini-pushups, grasping toys, and responding to bright lights. While all of these achievements are expected to occur, during the first 6 months of life, some children appear to develop them later.
Teaching Body Parts To Toddlers
By 12 months of age, your infant will begin to crawl and scoot, murmur “mama” and “dada”, consume finger foods, drink from a sippie cup, experience separation anxiety, and play peekaboo. Around 8 months old, you should begin to teach your child about his/her body parts.
The best way to go about doing this is by introducing him to his ears and nose, but allot him enough time to become familiar with these two body parts, before moving forward. Always point to them and encourage him to follow the same pattern. By the time he turns 1 year old, he will be able to point to 2 or more of his body parts, which is fairly general.
Avoid overwhelming him, by attempting to introduce too many body parts, within a very short time frame. This can cause a lot of confusion and may trigger a developmental delay-mix up. Of course, every parent wants their child to be intelligent and ahead of others, but this type of behavior will only do harm to your child’s mental and cognitive development.
How to Teach Baby Body Parts
Later on, you should teach your child about the body parts that they must extend their arms to touch including the tummy and toes. Develop humorous baby rhymes, songs, or games, so you can get your child interested and to keep their attention focused on the task at hand.
Always allot your baby enough time to locate the specific body part and never rush him. You must be patient, because a small child will not be a quick thinker at this young age. Do not get frustrated, when your child makes a mistake on selecting the correct body part, since this may deter him from wanting to play the game.
Minor Developmental Language Delays
Children that have a minor developmental language delay may have difficulty locating the body part on their own body, but will instantly find it on the mother’s or visa versa. Remember that practice does make perfect, so you should expect to put a lot of time into teaching your child each of his body parts.
Once your child finds success in naming his/her body parts, you should begin to teach him about body sounds and movements such as sneezing, coughing, eye blinking, snoring, and clapping the hands.
By the time your child reach the 18 month mark, he should be able to locate 6 or more body parts, without difficulty.
Incorporating Language into the Body Parts Teaching
It is crucial that you incorporate language into the teaching process. This will allow your child enough time to become familiar with the body part terms, so they will have less difficulty tasking their speaking and language skills.
Remember it is important to make this a fun time for you and your child, so be patient and creative.