3 – 6 months: social and emotional development

3 to 6 months social and emotional development


 

Developmental milestones include:

 

  • Between 2 – 4 months, he begins to laugh out loud
  • By 4 months, he loves to by played with
  • He shows recognition of you and other family faces
  • is interested and engaged in the activity around him
  • He shows pleasure by smiling, cooing and making excited jerky movements
  • You know what activities he enjoys
  • He recognises objects and shows pleasure at seeing them

 

What can I do to encourage his social and emotional development?

 

  • Blow raspberries on his belly – it will tickle him and he’ll think it’s hilarious
  • Involve him the daily activities of the house – make sure that he is in a position to see what’s going on (don’t leave him on the floor)
  • Play with him – lots and often!

 

Signs that suggest a developmental problem:

 

  • He doesn’t seem to get any pleasure out of interacting with other people
  • He doesn’t make eye contact
  • He doesn’t appear to recognise familiar faces

All children are different and develop at different rates, so don’t be overly concerned if your baby is acquiring new skills at a different rate to those around him. But if you are worried about him development, talk to a health professional for a little reassurance.

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This article was written by Ella Walsh for Kidspot. Sources include SA Government’s Parenting and Child Health and Raising Children Network.



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