Baby Steps: 3 Signs Your Baby Is Growing Up!

It’s graduation season! Graduation marks the end of one chapter and the start of a new one! Which got us thinking about baby development.

A centerpiece in blue manatee press’s mission is baby development, and as your baby gets older, you’ll start to notice them taking steps into new phases of their development! Here are 3 signs to notice and to celebrate!

1. Is your baby moving around a lot?

If you clap, does your baby clap? If you touch your nose, does your baby touch her nose? Good! The more your baby copies your movements, the more she’ll understand her own body and how it can work, and before you know it, you’ll have a walker on your hands!

How do you celebrate?

Keep on wiggling with your baby!

 
Baby Loves to Wiggle Wiggle     written by Stacy Sims and illustrated by Sharareh Khosravani

Baby Loves to Wiggle Wiggle written by Stacy Sims and illustrated by Sharareh Khosravani

 

2. Is your baby making lots of noises?

When you talk to your baby, does your baby make noises in response? Good! Your baby wants to communicate with you, which means you’re inching closer and closer to those first words!

How do you celebrate?

Say new words to your baby every day!

3. Does your baby enjoy bedtime stories?

Does your baby love to listen to you read? Does your baby reach out and turn the pages? Good! That means you’re building a reader!

How do you celebrate?

Read new books to your baby, and keep reading every single day for at least fifteen minutes!

 
Baby Unplugged: Book     by Dr. John Hutton and illustrated by Andre Kang

Baby Unplugged: Book by Dr. John Hutton and illustrated by Andre Kang

 

Share with us how you celebrate your baby’s growth in the comments below, and be sure to follow us on instagram @bluemanateepress for for your daily dose of books, art and inspiration!

 
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Need a heartfelt, sentimental book to share with a graduate this year? Your Red Shoes, written by Dr. John Hutton and illustrated by Leah Busch, is a celebration of early childhood, step by step: from those first wobbly ones, to puddles, to the park, and to the day when that first beloved pair of shoes no longer fit. Watercolor illustrations and sweet, sincere text captures every proud moment, reinforcing universal themes of independence, exploration, and unconditional love.