First 18 Months of a Child

A couple’s happiness has no bound when they become parents. The baby becomes the most important in their life. In the first few weeks the baby is busy sleeping and during the waking hours trying to gain grip on his body and his environment. At this age he is far from being ready even for the simplest lesson.

But this is the age when the foundation is laid through the love and security provided by the parents through hugs and kisses.  Now the baby grows secure in this loving attachment and starts trusting his mother and father. This attachment facilitates you in teaching him good behavior.

Soon this early attachment between the baby and his parents is strengthened by an exchange of smiles, gesture and sound. By the time the baby is two months old he begins to smile in response to his parent’s faces and voice. He even starts imitating the sound you make, leaning over him. At this stage the baby starts developing two social abilities such as imitating and reciprocity. By imitating the child slowly develops some social behavior such as sharing and polite manner.

As he grows, a baby gets better at deriving information from his parents and others face who he look at. Now he is ready to learn not just from his own experience but also from those he observes you doing. Between the ages of six to nine months babies understand the basic meaning of “no” but the reaction is not defiance.

This no is just a natural physical response to the extra excitement caused by your outburst. It is important for you to handle the situation properly. This gives your child the milestone in learning how to behave and his first lesson of obedience begins.

Walking leads to a new period of independence and exploration. A child becomes frustrated when he finds that he cannot go everywhere and have everything he wants. In frustration he acts aggressively and begins to throw objects. Such behavior is perfectly natural. This is the time when parents should stay in cool and redirect your little one towards more appropriate behavior by diverting his attention to a more suitable activity.

geeta krishnan