Emotional Development Milestones
Birth to 3 Months
- Smiles and experiences joy.
- Stops crying when picked up and talked to.
- Shows pleasure by giggling, squealing, kicking his legs, and waving his arms.
- Develops variety of facial expressions to communicate feelings.
- Shows affection by patting parent and gets upset when Mom or Dad leaves.
- Temperament emerges, becoming a factor in baby's everyday dealings.
- Lots of smiles, more social, aware of the comings and goings of others, less fussy.
- Becomes more attached to primary caregiver and develops stranger anxiety.
- Uses smiles, tears, cooing, and squealing to communicate emotions.
- Fierce independence followed commonly by clinginess.
- Seeks comfort from Mom when lonely, sick, or scared.
- Frustration over inability to properly communicate her needs, leading to temper tantrums.
- Moody: smiles to tantrums in a heartbeat.
- Violent behavior: hitting and biting, when disciplined.
- Little emotional control.
Originally published in the June 2008 issue of American Baby magazine.
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