From talk to trust
Providing a quick response to baby’s needs helps build trust, which is an important component in infant social and emotional development. Verbally identify your baby’s emotions, and then tell her what you will do to help. For example, if your baby cries when a toy slips out of her reach, say, “I know you’re upset that you can’t reach your toy. I’ll pick it up for you.” Following this parenting advice will help your baby connect words with emotions, while responding quickly to her needs will build trust and foster independence.