Social and Emotional Development
The first six months are an important time for you and your baby. Take time to give love, hugs, smiles, and lots of reassurance. Can you spoil a baby? No. Research has shown that babies who are protected, supported, and responded to quickly and consistently do better in every way.
- Rock, cuddle, and talk soothingly to your baby.
- Have skin-to-skin contact with newborns.
- Always respond to crying within one or two minutes.
- Copy your baby's movements and sounds.
Activities for Healthy Development:
- Have skin‑to‑skin contact with newborns.
- Always respond to crying within 1 or 2 minutes.
- Look into your baby’s eyes; you will fall in love.
- Talk to your baby soothingly.
- Don’t feel rejected if your baby turns away from you – young babies get tired easily.
- Plan daily quiet times with your baby.
- Don’t jiggle crying babies – use slow, gentle motions.
- Don’t over stimulate your baby.
- Copy your baby’s movements and sounds.
- Rock and cuddle your baby.
- Do finger and toe playing.
For more suggestions, see Leap BC’s guide Move with Me from Birth to Three. This trusted guide contains 40 fun‑filled activities to support your child’s development from birth to age three.