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Welcome to your first Frolic Newsletter! Your new baby has come into the bright and beautiful world where you have been waiting to welcome, hold, feed, comfort, guide, and love them. Whether you experienced a home birth, delivered in a hospital or birthing center, or first met your infant through the adoption process, your life has already changed in major ways because of this little one.
By now you’ve probably seen the graphs, tables, and charts that describe the developmental milestones in the first months of life. These milestones are usually described in terms of physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development. All these types of development are helpful to know about. But thinking of them as distinct areas with separate milestones isn’t quite accurate.
Simply put, babies don’t compartmentalize how they experience and learn about the world. Development in one area can shape or be shaped by development in others. For example, physical growth can influence cognitive development. Emotional advances pave the way for changes in social interactions. What a wonderful reminder that your baby is always growing, always learning, always experiencing the world around them–a world you can shape through the environment you provide!