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This is TERRIBLE advice for a new mother, so alarming I actually signed up here as a member. Please don't 'show' your infant how to hold a crayon, stack blocks, or try to accelerate gross motor skills. Babies need to discover for themselves. By intruding on one stage of your infant's natural development, you risk undermining the next.
Lots of information on this subject on Janet Lansbury's site (and she's not selling anything). If you want to see an amazing video of a 4-month old 'learning', then the same boy at age 2-years doing a 30-piece puzzle. This child was allowed to develop naturally.
Are you kidding? There is absolutely nothing wrong with a toddler playing with crayons or blocks.
You're probably one of those moms that will be feeding your kids jarred food until 2 for fear they might not know how to chew yet and doesn't put her kids in play groups because no one can teach your child better than yourself.
My son has been coloring since 1 and playing with mega blocks. He has excellent motor skills, can grip a crayon correctly and can stack an entire bag of mega blocks with me. He has great focus as well. Encourage your child to play with as much as they are capable of as long as it's safe and they enjoy it.
Seeing that i've been in childcare for almost 5 years, I think that i know a little bit more than you honey, and it is most certainly not terrible advice, Children need to experience new things, they deserve that, and you should let your child paint, and finger play in it, and get messy, make bead necklaces, put paper down and color on the floor, paint your feet, play with sand, play with water, play with bubbles, glue, collage, make things with playdoh, build with blocks. Imagination is everything, Your probably going to have that child that stops believing in santa early
I find this a bit alarming since my 13 month old daughter put exactly everything in her mouth I would never let her play with crayons. For some reason she refuses to hold her bottle and cries blue murder when we try a sippy cup what am I to do?