Understanding Your Baby's Emotional Milestones
When you think of milestones in the first year, walking and talking come to mind as the major ones. But there are a host of emotional milestones from birth on that will affect your baby's lifelong ability to learn, overcome frustration, and trust other people. "This first year is one of the most important and influential times in a human being's life," says Rahil Briggs, PsyD, director of the Healthy Steps program at Children's Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York. "An infant is born with more neurons in his brain than he'll ever have again. In addition to genetics, relationships and experience drive his brain development." Parents will be happy to know that the things baby needs to get a solid start in life are very basic and totally within our control -- no fancy gadgets, classes, or videos required!