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Self-Control, Expressing Feelings

A Growing Emotional Repertoire

Your baby is getting quite good at Expressing Feelings by the time he reaches 9-12 months old, showing you affection, crying when you leave, or being fearful of a new situation. Your little individual is also developing preferences, and you'll soon be able to tell his favorite people, toys, and foods. His Self-Control has also been growing, and he is becoming better at self-soothing, using different strategies, such as sucking his thumb or holding a favorite toy, to calm himself. Does he sometimes check in with you to see your reaction to a situation? This is called social referencing, and it is yet another effective tool in his self-soothing toolbox.

Has your baby achieved the following Expressing Feelings and Self-Control developmental milestones yet? If yes, check off all the skill(s) he has already mastered to date!

Sources: This development milestone tracker is not a learning disability screening tool or test. If you have any questions related to your child's development and learning abilities, please speak to your pediatrician and care providers for guidance and resources.