How-To build strong social skills in your baby

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Introduction — Social skills in your baby:

What is Social Development in Infants?

Social Development Milestone in kids — Age wise

0 to 1 year

  1. Around 6 to 8 weeks you will start noticing that your baby looks at you and makes eye contact with you. These are initial signs of social skills in your baby.
  2. Around 6 to 12 weeks your baby will respond to you and throw in a smile at you. Your baby recognises faces and is happy to see familiar faces.
  3. Your baby around 4 months might try to copy your movements or expressions. E.g. you clap to your baby your baby might try and imitate your clapping movement.
  4. Your baby recognizes their own name. and response when called by their name.
  5. Around 6 to 12 months your baby’s social skills of interacting with you keep progressing and now you would find your baby showing excitement and appreciation when they are greeted by family members.
  6. Their imitation skills are developing and they might signal you to want to interact with them and cry when you don’t interact with them or are distracted.

1 year old

  1. Can follow simple instructions and directions when given.
  2. Show signs of independence and like to try and do things on their own.
  3. Develops joint attention where your baby points at something and turns and looks at you to check if you are also seeing it. And important step in social skills in your baby.
  4. They also show interest and curiosity when they meet a new person. They are still very wary of strangers and will not socialize with them. However, they would stand right behind you and observe them and watch how you interact with them.
  5. Your baby by now knows few of the games that you play with them. they also would have communicated on their own way with you the games that they like to play with you. They might be constantly inviting you to come and play with them their favourite games.
  6. They make the first steps to participate in games that need turn taking. Like waiting for their turn to press the button.

2-year olds

  1. Playing becomes work for your kid. you would find them engaging themselves and playing alone most of the time.
  2. You can also find that when you place two toddlers next to each other they land up playing on their own sitting next to each other than with each other.
  3. However, they might keep an eye on the other kids sitting next to them and what the other kid is playing. Sometimes they might adjust their own play to imitate the actions of others playing around them.
  4. They try to imitate or mimic others. Especially adults or bigger kids.
  5. This is also the age where you find your little one and imitates a lot of what you are doing in their play. Pretend play is one of the plays they engage in. Like feeding their doll or serving tea.
  6. They also extend their social interactions to their immediate environment. they might take more interest in watching the plants or animals or insects in the garden. Their learning progresses to understanding the environment and exploring the same.
  7. They show much more independence in their task and can also lead to them saying NO to you or being defiant.

3-year-old

  1. They are still happy to play at home. Also, they are open to sit next to their peers and continue to play on their own.
  2. But you will find that their social skills have developed much more and along with it their observation and imitation of what their peers are doing who are sitting next to them and playing also increases.
  3. They are able to participate in group games with simple rules. games that need to be played along with other children.
  4. They also start using objects with symbols to represent something as part of their play. This type of play is their own interpretation of what they see around them.
  5. They start to develop some ideas about themselves. What is theirs and what they like to share or not. And with whom they like to share and for how long.
  6. When you let them freely in a park you will also find that they choose children that they would like to play with. When the other kids do not live up to their comfort levels, they quickly drop the friendship and resort to playing by themselves or choose another partner to play with.
  7. They even start to form friendships and call out the names of their friends. Will also start to play and interact and empathise with their friend’s feelings. They might feel sad if their friend falls down. Or happy if their friend achieves something.
  8. They like familiarity and routine and show least resistance when day progresses as per schedule.

Why should you start early with developing social skills?

Stage 1: Basic Trust Versus Basic Mistrust (Hope). 0 till around 18 months to 2 years.

Stage 2: Autonomy Versus Shame and doubt (Will)). 2 to 3 yrs.

Stage 3: Initiative vs. Guilt (Purpose). Around 3 to 5 years.

  1. They like familiarity and routine and show least resistance when day progresses as per schedule.

Why should you start early with developing social skills?

Stage 1: Basic Trust Versus Basic Mistrust (Hope). 0 till around 18 months to 2 years.

Stage 2: Autonomy Versus Shame and doubt (Will)). 2 to 3 yrs.

Stage 3: Initiative vs. Guilt (Purpose). Around 3 to 5 years.

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