Thursday, June 4, 2009

Baby Whisperer: Baby's Emotions

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Chapter two in The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems is all about your child's emotional development. Here are a few key points:

  • Crying is the way babies communicate emotions and needs. I know that it is hard to listen to a baby cry. I remember when Brayden was a baby and he would cry. I would frantically try to get him to stop as fast as I could. I thought crying somehow equaled bad mother. As time went on, I relaxed as I realized babies cry. That is how they communicate. Some cry more than others. Kaitlyn and McKenna both rarely cried/cry.
  • Around ages 12-16 weeks, babies shift into non-crying communication (pages 50-51). Babies start to coo and laugh, showing emotion and communicating through means other than crying. This is a fun time in motherhood.
  • Between ages 4-8 months, your baby will start to enjoy the company of other kids (page 51). I want to point out that a 4-8 month old won't play with other kids, but she will enjoy the company of other kids. When you decide to start to have your child around other children more, be sure take your child's individual personality into account. Some babies will love to be a room full of children. Others will prefer to be with only one other child.

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