Social and Emotional Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood

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Think back to when you were younger, do you remember the different emotions you had? Did you know that you learned a lot of your emotions from your parents or caregivers? Infants and toddlers go through many different stages of emotional development. Starting at birth where they show little to no emotion, up through toddler-hood where their emotions become more defined is a critical stage in there development. Infants begin to develop basic emotions at birth such as happy, sad, fear and anger. As they get older to start to understand and respond to the emotions of others whether it is their parent’s or caregiver. Around toddler-hood children learn about self-conscious emotions and when it is appropriate to feel guilt, shame, pride and…show more content…
Little games like peekaboo get the baby the laugh and smile. During the middle of the first year babies may laugh and smile more often when interacting with familiar people.
Newborn babies respond with anger and sadness to a variety of things. If a baby is hungry, is getting too much or too little stimulation or there body temperature changes they may have a negative reaction towards it. Around two and a half years a toddlers angry expressions will become more intense. Toddler’s angry actions are different than infants. For example if a toy is taken away a toddler might start kicking and screaming where as an infant may just start crying. When children become aware of different behaviors they want to control their own actions and effects. Also as infants become older they are able to identify who took their toy away or caused them pain. When they identify who made them upset they will show it by using different emotions towards that person. I know if I do something that upsets my cousin she will act angry towards me but if there are other people around she will smile and show happy emotions. When she does that she is trying to show me that I upset her by taking her toy away or saying no to playing with makeup but because the other people didn’t say anything she doesn’t have to be mad at them. Sadness in infants and toddlers is less common than anger. When children don’t spend as much time with a familiar caregiver or

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