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Twins Development Steps - First Year

In the first stage of our Twins Development Guide, we take a look at the first year and each of your twins will develop the important skills that will help them grow, learn, create, trust and develop their own unique personalities.

As many parents of twins will tell you and research proves, twins bond in special ways. Their twinship that starts in the womb, will continue, to differing degrees, throughout their lives and the constant togetherness of their early years helps to cement their strong intra-twin relationship. Its important to lay the foundations for later development and for twins its about providing a stimulating environment and giving each individual attention.

A core skill is the development of physical abilities and tummy time is recommended for 2-3 minutes every day in the first 6 months, as this helps to strengthen their back and neck muscles, which is crucial for motor development. Visual stimulation is important for brain development and mobiles, mirrors and play gyms fascinate curious babies. Cuddling and talking to them creates an interaction that will help build language skills.

0-6 months

Physical

Social

Language

Cognitive

Raises head and chest when on tummy

Turns around when lying on tummy

Swipes and grasps dangling toys

Picks up toy with one hand, shakes toys

Makes eye contact & develops social smile

Distinguishes mum from others

Imitates movements & facial expressions

Starts crying when playing stops

Cooing and gurgling

Begins to imitate sounds

Makes vowel sounds like ah, eh, uh

Laughs out loud but yells and screams if annoyed!

Responds to sounds, knows human voice

Turns head towards bright colours & lights

Starts to use hands and eyes in co-ordination

Recognises the breast or bottle

6-12 months

This is time of multiple activity (excuse the pun!) as babies are simultaneously learning so many new skills and you are two! Some early risers will be up on their feet by now but twins usually walk a bit later. Weaning will be well underway and this is not only good for building fine motor skills but also for communication. Its at this time your twins may become wary of others, this is the beginning of them attaining their individual identity. They are also highly aware of their co-twins presence but will not interact with them yet.

Physical

Social

Language

Cognitive

Rolling side to side

Sits with and then without support

Creeping & crawling , then pulls up to stand

Transfers objects from one hand to other

Uses pincer grasp (thumb & index finger)

Enjoys social play & imitates people

Smiles at self in mirror (identical twins are sometimes confused!)

Apprehensive around strangers, anxious if separated from parents

Shows preferences for certain people & toys

Responds to own name, turns & looks

Babbles chains of sounds and may say mama, dada (by 12m)

Can tell emotions by tone of adult voice and uses inflection in theirs

Understands phrases like no and all gone

Finds partially hidden objects, struggles to get items out of grasp

Explores with hand and mouth

Responds to music with body motions

Opens mouth when sees spoon at feeding time (yummy!)





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