Adlerian Child Care Centers

Infant Program

     (Ages 6 weeks to 12 months)

Infant Child Care ProgramIn a loving and safe environment we will encourage your baby's development through play activities. Classical music, singing, reading, grasping games, outdoor, and play mat activities are examples of how our staff promotes sensory and language development and fine and gross motor skills. A variety of play settings are used to meet the individual needs of each child.

Stimulating Development Through Play

Birth to 6 weeks
Black and white pattern cards or mobiles suspended over crib, changing table
Positioning infant to see faces of teachers and fellow students
Musical toys for infant to listen on play mat
Read to infant while holding her so she can see book
Hold infant in crook of arm looking out from caregiver's body
Place infant on side, stomach and back to observe toys and mobiles
Stroke infant's face, arms, legs and back while cooing to and singing to infant
Talk to infant, repeatedly referring to infant by name
Put mirror in crib for infant to see when in crib
Lie down beside infant on play mat and smile and coo to infant
Give infant down time alone in crib to process incoming stimulation

6 weeks to 3 months
Hold infant in front of mirrors to observe caregiver and self
Hold brightly colored soft rattles and easily grasped toys within reach of infant
Place standing gym over baby on mat when lying on back
Use links to attach black and white cards to swings for infant to see
Black and white, or colored wrist and foot rattles
Place infant in swing with rattles and music to foster independence
Lie down beside infant on play mat and let him grasp at your face, fingers, hair
Take infant for walk in stroller in an upright position
Give infant down time in crib to process incoming stimulation

3 to 6 months
Place child on playmat with toys just barely out of reach
Roll balls in front of infant and to infant
Talk with infant. Respond to infant's coos as though they were meaningful sentences
Hold bottle just out of reach of infant encouraging her to grasp for it
Begin sitting infant in walker both with and without toys
Present two toys to infant to choose from
Read to infant while holding so he can see book
Play with squeaking and chiming toys
Infants will become fussier as they attempt to master the following:
Rolling from stomach to back and back to stomach Crawling
Grasping and releasing objects Sitting
Maneuvering into an all 4's position
Give child down time to process stimulation and work on mastering gross motor skills

6 to 9 months
*It is not uncommon to see an infant who has been with you since birth display separation anxiety for the first time around this age. Play should address this by teaching child that things go away and they come back
Play "Peek-a-boo"
Hide and retrieve toys from beneath blanket
Play with chiming, squeaking or talking toys
Read to infant while she is sitting up and hold book so she can see
Experiment with touching different textures
Wave "Hi" and "Bye-Bye" to each other
Roll ball to child, encourage him to roll back
Blow bubbles in front of infant for her to chase after
Dance while holding infant in arms
Play clapping games
Practice blowing kisses
Have a safe mat area with a pull up bar where the infant can practice pulling up
Allow child to climb on you
Make blanket mountains for infant to cross
Allow child down time in crib to process stimulation

9 to 12 months
Dance while supporting child in standing position
Allow child to experiment with edging around furniture
Make light of falls
Walk with child inside and outside
Introduce pull toys for child
Roll balls and toy cars along floor for child to go after
Blow bubbles for child to chase
Large sitting and climbing toys
Roll on floor with infant, allow child to climb on you
Sit in front of mirror with infant and talk
Make game of asking child to give you toys and thank him
Play stretching games in front of mirror "So Big!"
Ask child to show you facial parts
Read books on playmat to child
Sing songs that incorporate names of children
Expect to see fussiness as child attempts to master the following:
Pulling up into a standing position
Walking (this occurs anywhere from 10 - 15 months of age)

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