What you need to know about baby socialization development
Not every baby is the same! While some love to be social, others shy away – the best thing to do as a parent is to allow your child’s natural personality to gently shine. Today we cover the brief information about baby socialization development.
Some babies can turn on the charm. They coo and smile as if on cue. They naturally shine and do everything minus tap dance to receive the available attention in the room. Others are more laid back preferring, perched upon their mother’s knee, to gaze intently at the ceiling. Occasionally a shy smile will appear on his sweet, angelic face. Or was that gas?
Different babies have different personalities. Some are naturally social. They come out of the chute, with the assumption, that the bright lights of the delivery room are spotlights, announcing their arrival. Still, others are shy from the very beginning, and define their comfort zone, by the circle of family around them. One is not better than the other, just different.
While babies come into the world with different personalities, socialization is a developmental stage for them all. Every baby will learn to socialize and interact as he develops more and more into the little person he is designed to be. Socialization is defined by interaction.
How well your child interacts with others will somewhat depend on you. We live in a big world and children must learn to navigate.
Parents have much to say about how social their child will become. While every child does not have to be the life of the party, it is within his best interest to become as social as his personality will allow.
If a child is terribly shy, parents should help the child stretch in this area. Socialization will assist him later, long about kindergarten, when it becomes important to win friends and influence people.
Some natural socialization takes place in the early stages of a child’s life. They learn to recognize their parent’s faces. They smile, and even ‘baby giggle.’ These are all related to socialization.
Parents encourage socialization when they play with their young ones. Games like ‘peek a boo’ encourage interaction between the child and his parent. It is a game that draws the attention of the child to your face. When a baby smiles or mimics your face, this is socialization. The baby is connecting with you. He is showing personality.
One good way to help your child socialize is to talk to him. Babies begin to understand, long before they can respond to what is being said. Talking, reading or singing to your baby is a way of making him more social. It is exposure to something new and different. It is stimulating.
Taking your baby with you when it is appropriate to do so, is a very good idea. The baby is stimulated by outside forces. An introduction of people and their surrounding noise allows the baby to become more accustomed to his new world. He will become less fearful as he is exposed to more than his nursery.
Playdates with other children, even from a very young age will help your child to interact with others. Learning to play together, how to share, and to resolve little conflicts encourages growth. Be careful while the child is learning to socialize, that he does not feel abandoned. Be on hand to assist him should the going get rough.
Take great care while socializing your child. Do not take a child who is very shy, and insist he become boisterous. First of all, it will never happen. Secondly, it frustrates the child. Socialize your child within the confines of his personality.
Encourage your child to move toward socialization. Take little steps. If your child is shy, encourage him to make eye contact when he is speaking to someone, and then go from there.
If he speaks so softly that he can not be heard, little by little encourage him to speak up. Socialization is a two-sided coin. When you socialize your child, your broaden his horizons.