Your Child shows that they appreciate your affection and responds by showing how much they love you.
Children portray their appreciation of our love and affection through signaling, such as making cute sounds, smiling, and displaying other signs of body language. Seeing their baby respond emotionally is for many parents one of the most beautiful milestones in early childhood development.
How to support this development
The best thing parents can do to help their little ones develop a healthy emotional self is to regularly express your own emotions. Try to express love to your baby through various ways, such as staring, hugging, kissing, smiling, or simply paying attention. Your Child will progressively take in such expressions, notice your presence, and feel safe and secure enough to express emotions back to you.
Note: All children develop differently and at their own pace. For children born preterm, the referred timeframe for achieving the various developmental milestones might be incorrect.
Source: The information and graphs about when children reach specific milestones are taken from various sources, including the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Denver Developmental Screening Test, and the State Institute of Early Childhood Research, Germany (IFP).
Ketsupa Jirakarn (Mental health specialist) (10 June 2021)