Has your little one arrived in your life already? Or are you waiting for that big day and planning ahead already? Do you wonder how you can help your little one be strong, both emotionally and socially? Social emotional development in infants is important.
It is never too early for your infant to start learning about his surroundings. As a parent, there is a lot you can help with.
Here are ten simple and effective ways for social emotional development in infants :
1. Talk About Your Day:
We start with one of the social development activities for infants.Your infant is never too young to be spoken to.
- Talk to your infant about what you are doing, even as you breastfeed or massage your infant.
- Talk about simple things like how you love your little one, about what book you are reading, about where papa or a sibling is and anything else.
- Tell your infant about what you see outside, the birds that are singing, the doorbell that rang, who came to visit and anything that may
2. Look Into Her Eyes:
Make sure you make eye contact every time you speak to your infant.
- Look into those eyes as much as you can.
- Even as you practice the steps mentioned in the previous step, make eye contact. It will tell your infant that you are talking to her. She will gradually learn the importance of looking at people while talking to them.
- Your constant contact with your little one in this manner will also give her self-confidence, even though she will not realize it yet.
- As you look at her, she will look right back at you. It will be the first step of bonding between your infant and you.
3. Help Her Find An Emotional Bond:
Find a stuffed toy or sleep toy that is appropriate for your infant.
- Keep the toy in your infant’s crib or sleeping area.
- Newborn babies often find it difficult to sleep as they keep opening their grasp and get startled in the process. Help your infant find emotional strength in a toy that she can clutch to bed.
- Put her in the crib and place her fingers around the toy. Show it to her and tell her it’s her goodnight buddy.
- Your infant will gradually start getting comfort in the toy and sleep better.
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4. Respond To Her Cries:
Parenting experts differ on this one, but it is important you show your infant you are always there for her.
- Come to your infant the moment she cries. In case she was sleeping and is suddenly crying, peep in to see if she will fall back to sleep again.
- If she still cries, come over and pat her. Soothe her by making shh noises and telling her you are there.
- Pick her up if required and keep her well-supported. Hold her gently and rock her back and forth. Sway or bounce her, taking cues from her crying and comfort.
5. Respond To Her Speaking:
It is true that your infant won’t be able to speak in the literal sense for the first few months. However, the sounds she makes are her way of entering the world of speaking.
- Give importance to the small cooing sounds she makes.
- Always respond to her and speak to her in answer. Look into her eyes while you do so.
- Talk to her in response as if you understood everything she said. Nod, move your hands and make different facial expressions.
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