By 10 to 14 months babies usually speak their first word, but they can learn to use sign language from a much younger age.
A baby will develop their cognitive skills through a range of play activities. You can help encourage this learning through some of these play tips and ideas.
Freelance photographer and mum Sioin Queenie Liao has created an adorable photo series of her sleeping son, Wengenn in Wonderland. Using only household items, Liao dresses Wengenn for the shoot before nap time, then works her magic while he sleeps. Liao has photographed over 1000 scenes of her son; from Tarzan to toy soldier, Wengenn has many adventures up his very cute sleeve.
Baby laptops and other talking, flashing toys that promise to improve children's language skills may do the exact opposite.
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People used to think that social skills were something kids were born with, not taught.
It seems that by now that I would have a lot of things figured out. But figuring out how to play with an infant still remains a challenge.
More often than not, you'll read that screen time for children should be kept to a minimum - but some scientists are now challenging this way of thinking.
Playing with your baby is a skill that some mums need to learn - it doesn't always come naturally.
Learning occurs in areas of development for babies and young chidren through play. Physical play is important for their fine and gross motor skills.