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.
This article was written by Ella Walsh for Kidspot.