Emotional Development: Your Baby at 5 Months

Emotional Development means the development of a full range of emotions from sad to happy to angry, and learning to deal with them appropriately. This helps build self-esteem and leads to such deeper qualities as sympathy, caring, resiliency, assertiveness and empathy and the ability to rise to life’s challenges.

Typical Skills

  • Displays awareness and wariness of strangers
  • Expresses anger when can’t get desired effect
  • Clings to parent when held
  • Shows fear, anger and disgust
  • Pushes away when he doesn’t like what you’re doing to him, for example, wiping his nose

Emerging Skills

  • Smiles, laughs, squeals when happy; grunts when angry
  • Is content to play by himself for a while with a few toys either in the crib or playpen
  • Shows strong dislikes and likes about food

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