Social development in babies
Your baby begins to develop social skills very early in life. By interacting with you, he will learn how to make friends, and how to connect with other people in his life. By listening to your voice, looking at your face and feeling your touch, he will come to understand how to connect in similar ways with other people he interacts with, and begin to look for and enjoy the company of others.
1 - 3 months:
Your newborn is born as a social animal. From the very beginning, he'll enjoy being touched, held, talked to, and smiled at. As early as the first month, your child will begin to experiment with making faces at you. He'll enjoy watching your face and may even mirror some of your gestures.
By three months, your baby will be watching what's going on around him. At this age he'll reward you for all your hard work with his first real smile. (sorry - every 'smile' before this age was an accident!) And soon after that, he'll be utterly charming, starting every 'conversation' with you by giving you a big gummy smile and gurgling at the same time.
4 - 6 months:
While you are still his favourite person in the world, he's now becoming more excited to meet new people, and will greet them with squeals and more gummy smiles.
As he becomes more mobile, your baby may begin to notice other babies, but while they may smile at each other or mimic each other's sounds, he won't be interested in playing with other babies as he's too busy developing other skills to focus on developing friendships.
6- 12 months:
During the second half of your baby's first year, you may discover that he becomes increasingly timid with new faces and may develop separation anxiety as he develops the understanding that you could (and occasionally do) leave him. Separation anxiety is a normal part of his development and usually peaks between 10 and 18 months.