Social Development means being able to make friends and get along with others, to work as part of a team and be a good leader, all of which are built on self-confidence, cooperation and trust.
Emerging SkillsCrave attention – they believe the world revolves around themSeek comfort when distressedRecognize the word "no"Begin to develop a sense of self – seeing themselves as separate from their caregiverBe able to solicit or "call out" for a parent's attention or helpEngage in simple games, such as peek-a-boo
Find out more about What to Expect from your baby, 6 to 12 months.
Emotional Development: 6 to 12 months
Parents Can:Call out to their baby in a fun voice if they are in another room, and then reunite with herSing 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?"
Child Will:Begin to develop a sense of self separate from youFeel secure knowing that this hide-and-seek game always ends with being reunited with youBegin to call out to you, or try to get the attention of the familiar voice she is hearing
Parents Can:Describe feelings – put words to their baby's expression. For example, when your baby is crying say "Ling is feeling sad" and respond appropriately
Child Will:Feel you are responding to her feelingsBegin to recognize some of the words used to describe her feelingsFeel comforted by your response
Parents Can: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.
Child Will:Feel lovedEnjoy spending time with youBegin to communicate non-verbally how he feels about the experience
Parents Can:Provide a safe play space where their baby can crawl and explore
Child Will:Feel secure as he explores his environmentCommunicate his interest in objects in his environment by gazing or reaching
Parents Can:Follow their baby's lead, rather than be the director of play time
Child Will:Enjoy interacting and connecting with othersFeel her interest in a toy is being respected
Parents Can: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)
Child Will:Begin to observe sharing and turn-takingEnjoy interacting with youStart to use sounds and gestures to communicate
Parents Can:Play peek-a-boo games
Child Will:Learn about turn-takingDevelop an understanding about the permanence of people and things (for instance, that they continue to exist even when out of sight)
Parents Can:Talk to their baby about events (for example, "I need to change your diapers. Let's take your toy to the change table")
Child Will:Feel respectedLearn about what is happening nextDevelop a sense of routine
Parents Can:Use cause and effect toys in play with their baby (for example, objects that make a noise, or change when squeezed, shaken or rolled)
Child Will:Begin to understand that her actions have an impact on the world around herDiscover the consequences of her behaviour
Intellectual Development: 6 to 12 months
Intellectual Development - Language: 6 to 12 months