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Growth & Development

Cognitive Development

Normal Development:

  • Recognizes strangers (3–8 months)
  • Understands that objects come back after they “disappear” (4–8 months)
  • Repeats actions that makes sounds they like (such as banging) (4–8 months)
  • Expects to follow a routine (4–8 months)
  • Recognizes familiar faces, voices and touches (4–8 months)
  • Begins to follow games (5–12 months)
  • Responds to your requests (8–14 months)
  • Stops when you say stop  (7–17 months)
  • Begins to imitate simple behaviors (8–15 months)
  • Repeats an action that made you laugh (8–17 months)


What You Can Do:

  • Play games of peek-a-boo
  • Make story time a part of your everyday activities. Hearing favorite stories over and over helps strengthen brain connections
  • Always remember, babies learn best through play!


Our Advice: 

  • Try not to rely on TV or videos to grow your baby’s brain or teach new skills

Try not to compare yourself to other parents, or your baby to other babies. Every family is different.

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