Your Brilliant Baby in Week 50: Social Referencing
What your infant learns this week
Week 50 Brain Booster
Two aspects of the phenomenon are important. First, if your child is approaching an electrical outlet while holding a screwdriver in his hand, let your child see horror written all over your face. Don’t fake a smile and use a sweet voice. To prevent any confusion, it’s important to mesh your body language, tone of voice, and words with a clear, “NO! Stop!” while taking the screwdriver from his hand. (Remember, Baby has relied on you to quell her wariness since week 32.)
Second, realize that you are now, and will be for many years to come, an important reference for your children regarding what’s safe, what’s dangerous, what’s right, and what’s wrong. For now it’s hot stoves and electrical outlets. Later the issues get more complicated, but your child will continue to look for your opinion all the years she develops; don’t hesitate to offer it.
Your Week 50 Toolbox
Related skills and topics this week include …
Curious about how else Baby might be developing right now? Learn more about her brilliant brain and her growing body here:
- What’s happening in Baby’s 12th month?
- Use our Development Tracker to check off your child’s 8-12 month milestones.
- Here’s what our pediatrician says you might be worried about this month.
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