Watch and chat with your baby

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This activity will help you get to know your baby and teach them about feelings. They learn these things when they’re very young – before they even speak.

Your baby will still be learning how to make face expressions and noises. By doing this activity, you’ll help them understand themselves better.

You can do this any time your baby is awake.

When you watch your baby, you might notice their face change, the noises they make or how they move. Spend some time watching and really pay attention.

Think about what your baby might be thinking or feeling.

Then ask questions like: "Is that a happy face?", "Is that a puzzled noise?"

Your baby can't answer yet, but you can respond to happy faces with a smile or laugh.

Here are some of the feelings you might be able to spot, even before your baby knows what they are:

  • Happy
  • Sad
  • Confused
  • Tired
  • Frustrated
  • Bored
  • Excited

Good to know

By naming feelings, you are helping your baby to start to recognise their own feelings. This helps them become self-aware. Feelings are a big and important subject. Little things like this help prepare your child to think and talk about feelings and express themselves as they mean to.