She notices other babies when you take her outside. She cries when she needs something from you. And she responds accordingly when you soothe her. Call her name and watch her little head swivel eagerly in your direction. Isn’t that the best feeling?
Your baby’s social and emotional health is every bit as important as her physical health. Today, she’s already developing the early skills that will allow her to become an independent person. She may respond to her own name to interacting with adults (and even show a little healthy wariness around strangers). She certainly expresses both her joy and distress. All of this means one big thing — your baby is laying the emotional and social groundwork for a happy, healthy future!
I’m Learning Who I Am.
Did you pore over baby name books, searching for just the right one? Or have you always known he’d be named after your great Uncle Albert? You gave your baby a very special name, and he’s beginning to learn what that means! He turns his head when you call him, and he’s increasingly communicating what he needs with smiles or tears.
When he kicks his chubby legs and squeals his delight, he’s letting you know he’s happy and content. And that arched back and furrowed brow often means he’s in need of some comfort. When you provide him a loving place to express his emotions, he understands his world is a safe place.
My Schedule Might Change, but I Can Adapt.
Whether you’re heading to day care, the grocery store, or a friend’s house, your baby is becoming more aware of her daily schedule and her common routines. Being able to anticipate and accept transitions in her schedule is a vital skill set – one that enables her to establish awareness and self-control.
But sometimes, the big world is just a little overwhelming for a little girl. She’ll let you know when she’s had enough! And when you respond to her distress with loving patience, not only are you teaching her that she’s safe and loved, you’re also teaching her healthy self-soothing techniques.
My Tears are Talking for Me.
Recognizing and responding to potential conflict is an important life skill. Although your baby may not be faced with a great deal of conflict at this juncture in his young life, he recognizes when things aren’t quite right. And he’s ready to tell you! When he feels threatened or uncomfortable, he’ll let you know by demonstrating his distress – through tears, sounds, or body language.
My World is Full of Interesting People.
Is your baby wary of strangers? Eager to engage in “conversation” – which primarily consists of babbles and coos – with you and her most familiar loved ones? That’s because she’s building her early relationship skills! Although she still looks to you as her most secure base, she’s beginning to reach outside her comfort zone when exploring her environment. She’s fascinated by other children, but she is also starting to master skills in solitary play. All of these interactions are setting the stage for your baby to have a healthy, happy existence filled with meaningful relationships.
All children learn and grow at their own pace and in their own way. For more information about the skills and milestones for your child's age check out our developmental milestones resource page. If you continue to have concerns or questions please give us a call at 1-800-299-1627.