It’s the holiday season and everyone is doing last minute shopping for babies and children. How might the latest research on early infant and child development guide us as we decide upon those last minute gifts for the cute, loveable, and smart babies and kids on our shopping lists?
Several infant and child development research findings in 2011 focused on motor and action development in infancy and early childhood. One of my favorite studies was reviewed by Dr. Petra Hauf who is a Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Development at St. Francis Xavier University. Dr. Hauf writes, “The world is full of a variety of objects with many different properties, so infants must learn to determine these properties quickly. Luckily, the world has many regularities that help infants learn.” In the article, “Infants use of material properties to guide their actions with differently weighted objects” published in Infant and Child Development, Dr. Paulus and Dr. Hauf investigate the ways that babies guide their actions based on the weights of objects. Needless to say, babies must learn about weight and other properties of objects such as size and shape. How do babies learn? “Allowing your infant lots of time to play with a variety of objects will help them learn more about their world!” writes Dr. Hauf at HowBabiesLearn.com