Emotional Development: Your Baby at 10 to 12 Months

Typical Skills

  • Is able to seek comfort when upset, i.e., reaches up to be held
  • Expresses many emotions and recognizes them in others, e.g., sad, happy, mad, scared, hurt, discomfort
  • Feels guilty when he does something wrong
  • Will communicate his need to be in constant sight and hearing of an adult
  • Displays affection in hugs, kisses, pats and smiles

Emerging Skills

  • Negativism increases; refuses to eat meals, new foods; resists napping; may have tantrums
  • Displays independent behaviour; resists adult control
  • Communicates specific preferences for certain people and toys, e.g., crying, laughing
  • Able to communicate discomfort when fearful or stressed; may express new fears and insecurity with situations he was fine with before

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