The observation took place in the middle of the morning and I was invited to drink tea with both parents while the child was playing on a mat in the main living room. It was a cool day, and the room was comfortably furnished, with a good selection of toys for the infant to use.
After the usual greetings, the mother served tea and the father spoke to the child and tickled him so that he began to smile. I could see that the father was happy to be involved in the care of the child. Baby B. was sitting securely on the floor and reaching out for some building blocks. From time to time he twisted round to look at me, and then turned back to his father. He did not seem very interested in me, which I thought was strange. Infant B. waved his arms around, and made babbling noises. I do not think that he was saying any words, but he was forming sounds and laughing.
I could observe that infant B had a strong back and neck, and he sat quite securely on the floor with his back to the furniture. He he could pick up bricks in one hand and wave them around. He tried to build a castle with them, but he always knocked the pile down. This made him laugh. He threw the brinks roughly in the direction of his father, which is evidence of quite advanced gross motor skills in his arms, and good hand to eye co-ordination. ...Show more