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Everyone has feelings: babies, young children as well as parents.

Adults and older children are able to communicate their feelings and give them a name.

Babies and younger children have the same feelings but are unable to communicate such feelings. It takes time for them to learn to say:

I love you I am angry I am lonely I am tired I am glad I am bored


As their brains develop, children slowly learn to say what they think and what they feel.

A baby will communicate what he feels by crying and by babbling. While growing up, he learns new ways to communicate, such as laughing, smiling and talking.


By knowing the different stages of your child’s development, you will be in a better position to help him communicate his feelings.

Your child will feel safe and loved when you take the time:

 to listen to him and to observe in order to understand what he is trying to tell you

to respond to his needs with warmth and patience

to remain calm even though you may be tired and frustrated

to realise that understanding your child’s messages can take time