The Emotional Development During The First Year Of Life

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The emotional development of your baby will develop by leaps and bounds during his first year of life. Step by step, a baby will go from observation to active participation. Here are the things that will take place while your child is growing:

Month 1:

  • makes eye contact
  • responds to parents’ voice and smiles and cries for help


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Month 2:

  • develops a social smile
  • studies faces
  • likes playing with other people and may cry when this stops
  • coos in response to sounds nearby
  • the first time when express anger

Month 3:

  • smiles at people and gurgles to get attention and to start a so-called “discussion”
  • imitates some movements and facial expressions
  • smiles back when parents or other people smile at him, but his smile involves the entire body


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Month 4:

  • cries if play is disrupted
  • is amazed by children
  • laughs when is tickled and when he interacts with others

Month 5:

  • is assertive
  • can make the difference between family members and strangers
  • likes to play during meals

Month 6:

  • tire a toy fast, but will not tire your attention
  • temperament becomes apparent, becoming easy upset, active or gentle
  • recognizes his own name
  • is able to make noises such as squeals
  • cries and coos for pleasure


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Month 7:

  • starts to know what “no” means
  • enjoys social interaction
  • tries to mimic adults
  • anger is expressed more and more strongly

Month 8:

  • can make the difference between unfamiliar and familira things
  • may be anxious or shy with strangers
  • can cry in frustration when he can’t reach a toy or doesn’t do anything he wants to

Month 9:

  • imitates the gestures of adults
  • smiles and kisses his own image in the mirror
  • likes to play near parents
  • may be shy or more sensitive in the presence of other children
  • looks at teh right picture when an image is named


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Month 10:

  • anxiety caused by separation may start
  • self-esteem begins to develop
  • cautious of heights
  • responds to clapping or other type of positive recognition
  • shows moods such as happy, sad or angry

Month 11:

  • can be more uncooperative
  • tries to gain approval and avoid disapproval

Month 12:

  • shows a developing sense of humour
  • may have temper tantrums
  • clings to parents or one of them specially
  • fluctuations between being uncooperative and cooperative

Knowing in advance all these things, it’s very useful for parents as they know how to behave, calm and encourage their child. Taking the right measures at the right time, will help their baby develop emotionally the right way.

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