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Emotional development: how does my baby feel?
Of course, a newborn is not yet familiar with the wide range of emotions with fear, love, anger, jealousy or relief. Your baby differentiates and experiences its different sensations primarily as Well-being or discomfort. Your newborn expresses feelings such as surprise and pleasure and their negative counterparts through facial expressions in the first few days.
Feelings are learned
As a mom, you know your baby's emotional messages, interpret them intuitively and react accordingly. These experiences and the interaction with people enable your child to classify and refine his feelings. Little by little and closely related to mental and social development, your baby learns how feelings change. It develops its personal emotional expression.
Emotions are contagious
Especially in the first few weeks of life you will find that your baby can quickly become infected by your feelings. It adapts to your emotional world. For example, do you experience stress or nervousness? Then your baby will also get restless. If you are calm and happy, your sparrow will relax immediately. Remember if you might find yourself in the middle of an argument with your partner. Try not to have your discussion in front of your child.
The first real joy
Your baby may not yet fully understand a happy expression, nevertheless it will show you the first clear joy from the age of about six weeks. If you talk to your child while playing or diapering, they'll answer you with a satisfied face and may even smile at you. At this age, your baby is already able to imitate the movements of your mouth and tongue. It kicks its legs and arms excitedly to signal its well-being.
Scream depending on the occasion
After giving birth, your sparrow can initially only signal general discomfort by screaming and crying. By about two months he is already able to vary his screams depending on the occasion. Your baby can, for example, adapt its sounds to hunger, tiredness or the desire for attention. The best thing: As a mom, you can immediately see what she's feeling and what she wants from you. The maternal instinct is really a fine thing. And experience does the rest.
Anger and sadness
Until your baby feels like Can express anger and sadness, it takes about three to four months. Then it can signal to you, for example by widening its eyebrows, that it is mighty angry at the moment.
The first strong feelings
Your baby will develop feelings such as fear or separation anxiety around the age of six to eight months. During this time, many children feel increasingly uncomfortable with strangers. Also the so-called "Strangers"begins in this phase in various forms. Now it can happen that your baby wakes up more often at night and does not want to fall asleep again. The reason for this is often the separation anxiety, which is the first strong feeling your child develops. In both cases, both in separation anxiety and in strangeness, nature is behind it. She made sure to have a child seeks parental closeness for as long as it needs for his development. Since the emotional and mental abilities are now so strongly developed, the child experiences the separation from mother or father in this phase more strongly than before. Don't leave your child alone when they need you. The good advice from grandma and grandpa to "just let the sparrow scream" is long out of date. Today we know that children just feel left alone. At some point they will stop crying, but only out of resignation and with the feeling that nobody will come and help them. But if mum and dad are there when the baby is crying and hugging it, they give their child security and the incredibly important basic trust in this bond.
Classify reactions correctly
After about nine months, your baby will be able to see what you are reacting to in an anxious, angry, or joyful way. For example, if your sparrow doesn't know how to react to a sudden loud noise, it will use your reaction as a guide. If you're scared, he'll be scared too. If he sees you happy, he will be happy too.
This is how you support your child
The best way to support your baby's emotional development is to give him love and security. Don't be afraid to shut your sparrow spoil. This is simply not possible in the first year of life. Every time your child screams, be there for your child and make them feel like they're not alone.
Even if your baby experiences the first feelings after birth, it is not yet able to cope with them. The To comfort, Calm down and Distract is initially your part. The older your child gets, the more it will try to cope with its feelings. To support your sparrow in this, you can, for example, let him nag a little after going to sleep. Provided, of course, that you stay close to him. This will help your child learn how to calm down or distract themselves in situations where they are uncomfortable. If you have given your sparrow the feeling of closeness and security in uncomfortable moments in its first months of life, it will be easier for him to cope with your feelings himself. Until then, mom and dad are his most important support.
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