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Series 1, Episode 3: Baby on the move

Baby on the Move:  6 to 18 months

We meet Alex who's 10 months, his parents Kathryn and Steve, and big brother Ben who's 2 and a half.  Alex's parents are concerned that he doesn't get enough one on one time being the second child, and there are all sorts of issues that result from having a toddler and a crawling baby. Jo Lloyd-Lewis, a family counsellor, has plenty of sound advice. Our second family is Chinese. 13 month old Madeleine's parents Helen and Mike were born in Beijing and have been in New Zealand for 10 years.  Their concerns are that Madeleine will only go to sleep in her mother's arms, and that she doesn't eat enough food.  Gill Connell tells us why crawling is so important for brain development,  and we show you how to make a 'texture box', to stimulate your child's sensory awareness and promote language development.

What happens at this age and stage?

Anytime from around five months on, babies hoist themselves up onto their knees and begin to crawl. This heralds a wonderful period of movement and exploration as the floor is transformed into an adventure playground. Be prepared for mess as your child tips out the pegs, bangs on the pots, tumbles over towers.  This is a time of great learning, of trial and error, as they figure out: 'what will happen if I drop this?'... 'or pour this?' Be prepared for anything and everything to go in the mouth. Babies at this age may begin to show some anxiety around people they don't know. They love playing peek-a-boo, being spoken to, read to and of course, lots and lots of cuddles. They are learning to express affection and anger to you and other special people and may be able to throw a ball, use first finger and thumb (pincer grip) to pick up small things or build a tower of blocks. 'Naughtiness' at this age usually stems from discomfort, hunger or tiredness so watch for the warning signs!

About Jo Lloyd-Lewis

Born in Wales, Jo emigrated to New Zealand as a four year old.  Jo says she grew up with an affinity to children and became the playground rescuer early on, evolving to the neighbourhood listening post. Now a Barnardos family counsellor in the Waikato, she has also run parenting and domestic violence programmes. She and her partner have two pre-school-aged daughters, whom she says, "have enhanced my ability to perform in my discipline more than any other influence". She currently works part-time counselling families, individuals and couples to bring about changes they desire and also co-tutors an introduction to counselling course.

About Gill Connell

Based in Christchurch Gill is our Active Movement presenter.  She has an impressive amount of information about the importance of children being active, and imparts this to our families along with a series of activities they can do with their little ones to ensure they ultimately reach their genetic potential.  Gill travels the country with her company 'Moving Smart', educating early childhood educators, primary school teachers, parents and caregivers on the all-important link between movement and learning.  A primary-school teacher and mother of 3, Gill has co-written a book for parents called Moving To Learn, and is about to write a sequel.  She was part of a reference group that worked with SPARC to develop a national framework and guidelines for physical activity in early childhood. This work was the basis of the world-leading national initiative Active Movement, a philosophy targeting the 0-5 age group. NZ is the only country in the world to have a nationwide focus on the under-fives in this regard.  Gill continues to work with SPARC in a mentoring capacity.

Craft Item: Texture Box

  • Shoe Box
  • Wrapping paper
  • Double sided sellotape
  • OR paint and brush
  • Non toxic pens to decorate
  • A collection of sensory items

Either paint or cover the box and decorate as you like. Cut out a hole in the top of the box for a hand to fit in and fill with sensory items.