Through the comfort and responsiveness of an adult, babies will learn how to handle their emotions and how to seek help when needed.
Call out to their baby in a fun voice if they are in another room, and then reunite with her
Sing a song about looking for their baby. For example, "Where is Mira, where is Mira, where are you, where are you? There you are, there you are and how do you do?"
Begin to develop a sense of self separate from you
Feel secure knowing that this hide-and-seek game always ends with being reunited with you
Begin to call out to you, or try to get the attention of the familiar voice she is hearing
Describe feelings – put words to their baby's expression. For example, when your baby is crying say "Ling is feeling sad" and respond appropriately
Feel you are responding to her feelings
Begin to recognize some of the words used to describe her feelings
Feel comforted by your response
Through opportunities for play, babies will experience joyful, free, spontaneous moments of fun while also learning about themselves and others.
Spend time with their baby, playing such social games as showing their baby his eyes, nose and mouth in a mirror, or doing action songs and finger plays with him on your lap.
Enjoy spending time with you
Begin to communicate non-verbally how he feels about the experience
Provide a safe play space where their baby can crawl and explore
Feel secure as he explores his environment
Communicate his interest in objects in his environment by gazing or reaching
Follow their baby's lead, rather than be the director of play time
Enjoy interacting and connecting with others
Feel her interest in a toy is being respected
Use turn-taking games to interact with their baby (for example, rolling a ball back and forth; asking how big is baby and then stretching your baby's arms up when answering "so big!" or talking on a toy telephone)
Begin to observe sharing and turn-taking
Enjoy interacting with you
Start to use sounds and gestures to communicate
Through routines and emotionally and physically safe and secure environments, babies can learn how to think, solve problems and communicate.
Play peek-a-boo games
Learn about turn-taking
Develop an understanding about the permanence of people and things (for instance, that they continue to exist even when out of sight)
Talk to their baby about events (for example, "I need to change your diapers. Let's take your toy to the change table")
Learn about what is happening next
Develop a sense of routine
Use cause and effect toys in play with their baby (for example, objects that make a noise, or change when squeezed, shaken or rolled)
Begin to understand that her actions have an impact on the world around her