Your Child now starts to react to your feelings. The ability to respond to emotion helps babies to strengthen the bond with their parents even further.
Around 4 – 8 months, you may notice that Your Child uses more complex body language, facial expressions, or different sounds to respond to your, or other adult’s, emotions. This is an important milestone in their emotional development, which can help strengthen the bond between parents and children and help to improve their social skills as they grow to become toddlers.
How to support this development
During playtime, don’t be shy to show and exaggerate your body posture and tone of voice. The more you model feelings and expressions suited to different situations, the bigger the emotional library of Your Child will become.
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) (11 June 2021)