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A baby has many needs, different to the needs of teenagers, adults and the elderly, here are the physical, emotional and social needs of a baby aged 6months: Physical: There are two different types of physical developments, there is gross motor development, which is using large movements like kicking, and then there is fine motor development, which are smaller movements like pointing a finger. Learning to sit; your baby is not able to sit upright but will still need support from a chair or will place their hands in front of them on the floor for support Head control; your baby has complete head control, there is no head lag and when the baby is lying she is able to raise her head. When the baby is in sitting position she is able to hold her head upright and have a look around the room. ...read more.


Emotional: emotional development is affected by strong feelings of affection your baby has for the people who cares for them the most. Being held close to another person gives your baby feelings of comfort and security. You can strengthen these feelings with: skin-to-skin contact; which is achieved by breast feeding, eye-to-eye contact; when you spend time with your baby and he gazes into the parents eyes, familiar smells; your baby will learnt o recognise the smell of his mothers breast within a few days of birth, familiar sounds; your baby will also learn to recognise the sound of his mothers voice and responds to it rather than anybody else's. Social: babies are not born with social skills, they learn them as they grow up and depending on the people who surround him will affect his social life, as he gets older. ...read more.


If they didn't develop hand-eye co-ordination they wouldn't be able to do a simple thing such as pointing to something they are interested in or want. If parents didn't spend time with their baby, it would grow up feeling insecure all the time Caring for your baby We will be coving these needs of a baby: food and drink, sleep, clothing, hygiene and health. Food and drink What a Child needs All babies need feeding, whether it is breastfeeding or bottle-feeding; both contain nearly all of your baby's nutritional needs for his first year of life. Breastfeeding: breast milk is good for your baby in many ways. It contains antibodies, which protect the baby from certain germs it contains certain constituents that help to develop the brain and nervous system. Babies that are being breastfed are also less likely to suffer from gastrointestinal or middle ear problems. Breastfeeding is also the simplest way to feed your baby it doesn't need to Nicola Shepherd 9966302 08/05/2007 1 ...read more.

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