A child's first year is one of remarkable growth. For example, in that short time, she learns to crawl, to take pride in herself, and to say simple words. You can have help promote this growth-especially if you understand the basics of child development presented in this book.Understanding Infant Development is one in a series of three practical, easy-to-read child development handbooks adapted from The Young Child. Each book focuses on a specific age group. Written for child care providers in any setting, the set provides a complete overview of key theories and research on child development.Understanding Infant Development explains:The impact and long-term effects of biology and environment on an infant's brain development.How infants learn.Important theories of infant development.How early experiences lay the groundwork for an infant's development in language and thinking.The effects of nurturing on an infant's emotional development and stability in later life.Milestones and windows of opportunity in an infant's development.