The Growth of Infants 3 to 12 Months
For the past several weeks I have had a number of great experiences at the Children’s Learning Center here in Mount Pleasant. I was assigned to the infant room and was nervous at first about it. I actually ended up really enjoying every observation and learning so much. I wanted to really focus on the growth of the infants over the weeks and saw so much development. Much changed between all of them and especially the infant I chose to mainly focus on. It took me the first few weeks to begin to get comfortable with all of the infants and workers. I was never around more than 6 or 7 at a time during an observation. I felt very welcomed from my first observation to the present with the workers.
When I arrived to my first observation I was thrown right in with the infants inside the playroom. I held Lillian while playing with a couple boys named Jack and Mason. Lillian was only about five months old when I started and she was already so big in size with so much hair. Physically she was large but had so much more growing and development to do mechanically. This was all very new to me so it took some time for me to learn how to handle the infants when holding, playing and feeding them. Generally Lillian was always very happy but I immediately knew when she was tired or hungry. When sleeping she always needed to be tightly wrapped in her pink blanket as well. This never changed throughout the weeks but I noticed other things in her growth that did change. I began to notice that she was able to sit up on her own. She would use her arms at first to hold herself up off the ground until she eventually was able to sit and play with toys on her own. At this time she was about six months. I also noticed her wanting to crawl
badly. She would get up on all fours then get frustrated because she wanted to move forward but didn’t have the strength to push herself along. She did however figure out how to move backwards for a few seconds...