Track your baby's milestones — Emotions

Your baby’s emotional development will grow rapidly in the first two years ― this is what you can expect…


In no time, your temperamental baby will turn into an articulate and bright-eyed toddler who has no qualms verbalising how he feels about anything. In the meantime, follow our guide to his emotional development to skip all that head-scratching:

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0 to 6 months

• Don’t feel frustrated or disheartened when baby just stares at you blankly in the first few days of his life. Crying or not crying is a sign of normal growth.
• By the first month, your little one should be able to make eye contact with you, cry if he needs something, and respond to your voice and smile.
• When he’s 2 months old, he will start studying faces and gaze at people fondly. He’ll learn to smile when he’s happy and burst into tears when playtime is over.
• He will coo and gurgle in reaction to the sounds he hears around him and even try to imitate your actions and expressions. If he is angry or annoyed, he’ll even frown. 

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6 to 12 months

• About this time, he’ll know the difference between family and strangers. When he’s playing with you, he might even squeal gleefully, but become shy and anxious around strangers.
• He’ll express fear when he learns to recognise familiar and new experiences. As he’s constantly picking up cues from you, his degree of fear also depends on your body language.
• During this phase, he will actively crawl about and reach for things. And when he’s not able to perform the tasks he has set out to do, he might just break into tears of frustration.
• Offering positive reinforcements like clapping when he successfully throws a ball and he’ll likely do it again. Separation anxiety will begin to make an appearance when you leave for work in the morning, as will temper tantrums. Just. Keep. Calm!

Click to learn about his emotional development after he turns 1.