"Man is a social animal", is an oft-repeated
phrase. Every individual must learn to live in a society. At some point
they will have to realize that the world does not revolve around them.
Thus, the social development of your child is as important as its physical
and intellectual development. Your child must be able to communicate and
interact with other people. Every baby has a unique personality waiting
to develop. Watching your baby grow, is like meeting a whole new person.
Every baby has its likes and dislikes. Some are jolly, while others may
not crack a smile. As your baby learns to express herself better, her personality
will be revealed to you. The development of a baby from a passive creature
into a social being is a fascinating process.
How will my baby behave when she is three months old
Your baby will display a liking for
company and human contact. She will express her displeasure by crying when
she is ignored or left alone. She will express pleasure when others are
around by smiling, kicking her legs or waving her arms. She will turn around
and look when people are speaking and smile when you speak to her. She
will recognize familiar faces and react towards strangers by crying or
From four to six months
Your baby will focus on faces and
follow a person with her eyes when he walks away. She will lift her hands
in a gesture indicating that you should pick her up. She will laugh when
you pay attention to her and play with her. Your baby will be able to differentiate
between a smile and a scolding voice. She will smile at familiar people
and show visible signs of fear towards strangers. At six months, your baby
will become more interactive, pulling the hair of the person holding her,
rubbing noses with them or patting their faces.
From seven months to a year
Your baby will begin to imitate speech
sounds and gestures. She will desist from whatever she is doing when you
say "no." She will become more clingy at this stage and express fear and
dislike of strangers by rushing to your side or crying.
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