Every day brings a multitude of opportunities to encourage your baby’s social development while you run your errands. Here are some examples:
When you are running errands with your baby, he often gets lots of attention from strangers. He sees many new faces and hears new voices, so make sure to talk to him and let him see that you are close to him so he feels comforted by your presence. This will help him develop a sense of security and give him the confidence to face unfamiliar people and surroundings.
You will also notice that your baby is interested in the other babies you meet along the way. Don’t hesitate to stop for a few minutes and let your child interact and play with them; they may “socialize” by making eye contact and communicating through sounds or gestures.
When you leave home and return, say “Good-bye” and “Hello” to other family members. Over time, this teaches your baby that he always comes back to his family, and that he can trust them to return when they go out too.
Scientific review : Liane Comeau, Ph. D., scientific consultant in early childhood
Traduction and adaptation : Naître et grandir
Last reviewed : January, 2014