5 - Infancy Physical Development

5 - Infancy Physical Development - Chapter 5: Infancy:...

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Chapter 5: Infancy: Physical Development Physical Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood Body Growth - Changes in body proportions - Growth happens in spurts - Infant gains “baby fat” through first 9 months, then begins to get slimmer - Girls tend to be slightly lighter and shorter than boys Physical Development Brain Development - Several growth spurts occur in the first two years - Necessity of appropriate stimulation o Interactive and varied experiences with parent stimulates brain growth (age appropriate toys, etc.) Sleep Patterns During First Two Years - In the first months, the baby sleeps at various times during night and day - Later on in first year, baby learns to adjust to nighttime sleeping - By age 2, sleep decreases from 18 to 12 hours per day - Issue of co-sleeping (co-sleeping is when parents bring their baby into bed with them at night) Influences on Physical Growth - Heredity o When diet and health are adequate, height and weight of physical growth are influenced by heredity -
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2008 for the course HDFL 124 taught by Professor Koivunen during the Spring '08 term at Wisc Stout.

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