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SKIP HOP: Five Skills for Baby to Master with Skip Hop’s Explore & More Baby’s View 3-Stage Activity Center

There’s nothing more exciting for new parents than seeing baby reach those first milestones. From batting at a hanging toy to shaking a rattle, the early days are such a developmentally rich time—filled with new “firsts” at every turn. Let’s just say your camera will get quite a workout!

One of the best ways to ensure that baby is developmentally on track is to learn the five skills for baby to master. These go beyond milestones like rolling over or sitting up to really delve into the mechanics of learning. By being aware of these skills, you can make sure you have the right tools on hand to engage baby and boost his or her development every step of the way.

1. Spatial Awareness

When babies master spatial awareness, they become aware of their bodies in relation to the people and objects around them. Soon enough, baby will understand that when he crawls towards a stuffed animal, the stuffed animal is becoming closer to his body. The Explore & More Baby’s View 3-Stage Activity Center from Skip Hop has a Discovery Window™ that lets baby see her feet as they playfully stomp the piano keys. This provides visual feedback that contributes to a hugely momentous skill: learning to walk.

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2. Motor Skills

There are two types of motor skills. Gross motor skills are all about strength and coordination so that baby can learn to sit, crawl and walk. Fine motor skills focus on the coordination of small muscles that allow baby to eventually feed himself, color a picture or brush his teeth. This Hedgehog Bead Chaser with Spinner supports gross hand skills, while this Peekaboo Owl helps with fine finger skills.

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3. Cause & Effect

Soon baby will realize that her actions have a predictable effect. If she bangs a spoon on the table, she might notice the sound and do it again. If she pats the water at bath time, the water will splash. These Swaying Trees have a satisfying spring-back or “bungee” effect to help enforce this action-reaction concept.

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4. Oral Engagement

Babies and teething go hand in hand—so toys that allow for mouthing or chewing are developmental musts! This Spring Cloud provides the perfect texture for chomping, biting (and drooling!) as baby goes through his teething phase.

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 5Sound & Speech Development

This is all about learning to talk—and sing! Music has been shown to boost baby’s language skills by stimulating the brain. This Light-Up Piano offers piano mode and song mode to help baby process patterns and sounds in a fun way. We’ll sing to that!

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TIP: Look for toys that can grow with baby through different developmental stages. The Skip Hop Explore & More Baby’s View 3-Stage Activity Center lets you interchange toys for different age ranges and converts to an activity table for toddlers!

Stage 1         Stage 2        Stage 3

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