6–12 MONTHS SMILING AT THE SIGHT OF HIS PARENTS

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6–12 MONTHS SMILING AT THE SIGHT OF HIS PARENTS

Decoded message:

I like when you are close to me and I love when you give me attention.

Suggested actions:

Staying close

Hold your child in your arms, stroke him, while holding and kissing him.
This will make him laugh and be happy. He will ask for more!

Promoting play

Give your child attention by playing peek-a-boo, helping him take small steps or singing him a song with his name in it.
Do this for a while, then stop and watch your child’s reaction.
He will certainly ask for more.
Play with your child as long as possible.
Remember to keep an eye on his reaction; he will let you know when he has had enough.

Providing tender loving care

Talk about the fact that he is smiling and seems happy.
Tell him that you are happy when he smiles.
Be gentle when you care for your child.
These gentle actions will be as pleasurable to him as hearing a soft voice or seeing a smiling face.