Emotional Development for Babies

Basis of emotional development is being able to understand own emotions, control and interpret them correctly, learn to express them correctly, understand other’s emotions and respond them appropriately. Emotional development is critical for children to build healthy relationships, know themselves and become healthy individuals.

Every children’s character and way of interpret surroundings are different, therefore their response to stimulants and emotions they feel would be different as well. The important thing is every child to understand both their own and someone else’s feelings and respond them appropriately.

Emotional development also depends on social norms, behaviour of family members and social interactions. Every children needs help to control and interpret feelings.

In order to support emotional development correctly, it is important to know the steps of emotional development. With the steps below, you can follow emotional development of a new born baby month by month.

1st Month

  • Babies be startled by loud noise.
  • They understand that mother is nervous and cry more.
  • They become happy when mother enters the area they see, talks closely, touches, sings lullaby with eye contact.

2nd Month

  • They start to differenciate mother’s smell, voice and touch. They become calmer and happier when mother is near.
  • They can be happy and calm with father’s or nanny’s care as well.
  • Parent’s self confidence about baby care gives confidence.
  • If they hear a familiar voice, get a hug when they cry, they calm down.

3rd Month

  • Taking care of crying baby by hugging, singing talking might calm them down.
  • They get excited when they hear parent’s voice, or understand that they will hug her/him.

4th Month

  • Crying decreases but telling needs with crying continues.
  • Seeing someone they love might cheer up babies.
  • They calm down with mother’s affection.
  • Don’t like to be alone, they get restless.

5th Month

  • They can feel different emotions when they see mother/father and those emotions can be understood easily by babies face. Telling babies those emotions help them to express themselves easier when they grow up and start talking.

6th Month

  • Babies can start to expect more affection than before. When they get it from the person they want, they become happy and express it with mimics.
  • Express emotions with voices and mimics.
  • They can make noises to express they are not happy when the person who didn’t show affection to them leaves the room or walks away.
  • Smiling, eye contact, touching fulfils babies emotionally.
  • They don’t like to be prevented, they cry.
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