An ideal environment for infants is one that stimulates their senses. At MP and MB, our teachers provide a warm and secure place for children to grow at their own pace. Babies are held during feedings, rocked to feel loved and spend time on their tummies to discover the world around them. Music is also very important at this age, so we play soothing music for nap time along with familiar tunes that they learn to recognize at other times throughout their day. Sign Language is also introduced as a way to communicate before they have developed their language skills.

On a bi-annual basis, we do a formal evaluation based on the New Hampshire Early Learning Guidelines in order to assess each child’s growth and development. Below are some of the basic milestones we work towards, in addition to specific academic and developmental achievements:

Movement

  • Raises head and chest when laying on stomach (3 mo.)
  • Pulls to sitting with no head lag (5 mo.)
  • Transfers objects from hand to hand (6-7 mo.)
  • Gets to sitting position without assistance (8-10 mo.)
  • Crawls forward on belly (8-10 mo.)
  • Gets from sitting to crawling or prone position (10-12 mo.)
  • May walk two or three steps without support

Visual

  • Watches face intently (2-3 mo.)
  • Follows moving objects (2 mo.)
  • Tracks moving objects with ease (4-7 mo.)
  • Grasps objects dangling in front of him (5-6 mo.)
  • Looks for fallen toys (5-7 mo.)

Language

  • Distinguishes emotions by tone of voice (4-7 mo.)
  • Responds to sound by making sounds (4-6 mo.)
  • Syllable repetition begins (5-7 mo.)
  • Responds to simple verbal requests (4-6 mo.)
  • Makes simple gestures such as shaking head for no (8-10 mo.)
  • Babbles “dada” and “mama” (8-10 mo.)

Cognitive

  • Finds partially hidden objects (6-7 mo.)
  • Explores objects in many different ways (8-10 mo.)
  • Finds hidden objects easily (10-12 mo.)
  • Imitates gestures (9-12 mo.)

Hearing and Speech

  • Smiles at the sound of voice (2-3 mo.)
  • Cooing noises and vocal play (3 mo.)
  • Responds to sound (1-3 mo.)
  • Startles to loud noise (1-3 mo.)

Social/Emotional

  • Begins to develop a social smile (1-3 mo.)
  • Enjoys playing and may cry when playing stops (2-3 mo.)
  • Interested in mirror images (5-7 mo.)
  • Shy or anxious with strangers (8-12 mo.)
  • Shows specific preferences for certain people and toys (8-12 mo.)