Your Brilliant Baby in Week 8: Emerging Emotions
What your infant learns this week
Week 8 Brain Booster
Acknowledge and name Baby’s emotions when you see them: “Oh, you’re sad that Daddy’s leaving” or “You’re so happy to see your bunny! So much fun!” By doing so you’re practicing the art of empathy, a skill that will develop emotional strength in your child while validating whatever it is that your child is feeling. (At 8 weeks, they will begin to associate emotion with facial expressions, bu empathy is not a concept yet.)
Make empathy for emotions part of your parenting repertoire now and always: It’s a true expression of love and builds your child’s emotional intelligence.
Your Week 8 Toolbox
Related skills and topics this week
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 second month?
- Use our Development Tracker to check off your child’s 0-3 month milestones.
- Here’s what our pediatrician says you might be worried about this month.
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