Babies can learn by watching adults' facial expressions and listening to their tone of voice.
For more information, see the Talaris Institute Developmental Timeline article: Mommy, Is This Okay?.
- Your facial expressions can say as much as the words you use. Even if a 1-year old does not understand all of the words you use, she can still look at your face to make sense of a new situation.
- Sometimes your face may say one thing while your voice or actions show a different feeling. Since your baby is "reading" your face, try to give him clear signals.
- Use your facial expressions with clear direct language. For example, sometimes you need to say, "That's not safe. That could hurt you. Let's play with something else."
- Starting around 8 to 10 months, children begin to look at the facial expressions of others to help themselves decide what to do.
- In a way, children become able to "read" the emotional meaning of another person's facial expressions. This is called social referencing – looking for emotional clues about a situation in the faces of other people.
- Giving 1-year-olds as many cues as possible, through words, facial expressions, and body language, can help them understand what you are trying to communicate.
- For Ages
- 0-2 years
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