Do You Know Your Child's Social & Emotional Development Milestones?
Your baby is not only learning to interact with the world around him, but also (much more importantly) with you! Do you know how to encourage your infant’ social and emotional development? Find out how and take the quiz.
Question 1 of 10
If you stick your tongue out, your infant will probably:
|Assume sticking out tongues is an appropriate social greeting; it’ll take a lifetime to break him of the habit. Good luck!|
Stick his tongue out, too
Stick out your tongue and watch baby stick hers out in response. Researchers still don't know whether infants do this as a way to match your behavior or as an indication of interest, but this is a wonderful way to engage your child and interact.
Question 2 of 10
According to some developmental psychologists, frequent hugging and cuddling with your baby will:
Help her learn to trust
According to Erik Erickson, a leading developmental psychologist, infants experience a sense of trauma after birth once they leave the warm, secure world of the womb, so constructing a physical rapport with your child, in which you hug and cuddle with her, will help her develop an important sense of trust.
|Make her emotionally claustrophobic|
|Make her a shy person|
|Turn her into a sissy|
Question 3 of 10
If you place your three-month-old in front of a mirror, he will likely be fascinated. This is because:
He is trying to play with his new "friend." He doesn't recognize the mirror image as himself
Babies love to look in the mirror, but why? Developmental psychologists generally agree that infants don't recognize themselves in the mirror, but the image of a lively baby is interesting to them. Also, researchers believe mirrors provide an important element in the process of self-recognition and help the infant construct a sense of the self.
|He is simply interested in himself. It's very natural and human to be self-centered|
|He is trying to figure out what to do with his hair|
|He finds himself devastatingly handsome|
Question 4 of 10
|May startle your infant, sparking a lifetime of trust issues|
|Is a silly, worthless game|
Is an important learning device
It may sound surprising, but playing peek-a-boo and pat-a-cake with your child is a great way to develop her social skills. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), your child could start recognizing emotional expressions at six months, and the exaggerated facial expressions you make during a game like peek-a-boo assist in that process. At around the half-year mark, your child will be able to detect when you are happy or upset.
Question 5 of 10
A "social smile" refers to when Baby:
|Pastes on the smile he typically reserves for cocktail parties|
Smiles as a happy response to your presence, as opposed to the appearance of a smile due to gas
Don't you just brighten the room! At around three months, your baby will smile when he sees you. Try these great ways to make baby grin and laugh. If your baby still has not smiled by six months, you should discuss this with your pediatrician, according to the AAP.
|Smiles just to be polite|
|Bravely smiles through his pain even when he is sad—what a trouper!|
Question 6 of 10
What do Baby's giggles really mean?
This is an emotional exchange. Your baby senses that you're happy and responds with her own indication of happiness
At around month seven, your baby will start laughing out loud and squealing with delight. Laughing is a form of emotional communication between parent and child, which helps connect the two of you and teaches your baby about emotional expression.
|You're hilarious (but you've always secretly known that, haven't you?)|
|She is ticklish|
|Giggling is a reflexive response for an infant—it doesn't really mean anything|
Question 7 of 10
Mealtime is important for infants because:
|Good table manners are cemented by the end of Baby’s first year|
|Kids need to eat to grow, duh!|
A and C
Mealtime is important for a number of reasons: Obviously kids need proper nutrition to grow and thrive, but preparing meals for your baby is also a way to show him that you are there to provide for him. According to Zero to Three, an organization dedicated to the health and well-being of families, there are a number of social and psychological perks that come with feeding your kids. That said, you should be sure to comfort your kids without food, as well. And make sure your child is hungry before feeding—oftentimes, hugs and affection (not yet another bottle) are really what your baby needs.
|It’s a way to nuture your child and show him that he is loved and cared for|
Question 8 of 10
Baby will start communicating with you:
Babies begin communicating to you immediately, whether it's through tears, laughs, or facial gestures. After some time, you will likely learn to identify what your baby wants through her unique indicators.
|At three months|
|Never. Everyone knows that kids don’t really talk to their parents|
|At seven months|
Question 9 of 10
Your child has started biting. This means:
He doesn’t know how to properly express his affection
Although it seems counterintuitive, biting is many times a form of affection, according to Zero to Three. At one year of age, your child still hasn't learned that biting is hurtful and is not a pleasant or appropriate way for him to express his love. Try these methods to get your child to stop biting.
|He needs a muzzle|
|He has been spending too much time with the family dog|
|He is a bad seed. Sorry!|
Question 10 of 10
At around 12 months, your baby will start helping when you dress her. This is because:
|She doesn't think you can handle it on your own|
She is asserting her independence and showing off her new abilities
When your child starts helping you dress her, she is asserting her independence! Watch what you can expect once the independent spirit takes hold.
|She has developed her sense of fashion and style|
|She is pretending to like your outfit choice because she doesn't want to be impolite|
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