Emotions in Infancy
by: kaitlyn b & caitlin w
Emotions of Babies
- Emotion - a feeling response to the world around us.
- Newborns feels emotions such as contentment and distress.
- Emotions grow more complex with age.
- Caregivers play a large role in shaping of the baby's emotions.
- Babies also learn from their caregivers how to react to situations.
- Infants show many of their needs and emotions through crying.
- Around 2 months, baby's cry varies to express different feelings.
- A baby who is crying needs attention and care.
- When a baby is crying first check the physical needs. (Not all the time will it be physical, sometimes they just need attention)
1. Cuddle - hold the baby close while sitting in a rocking chair or walking will soothe the baby.
2. Move the baby - new positions can help the baby fall asleep.
3. Sing - talking/singing softly to the baby.
4. Offer a toy - give a toy to the baby to interest them.
5. Massage - stroke or gently rub the baby's back. Also try rubbing lotion on their back and legs.