As a parent, you want your baby to be healthy above all else. At the same time you also want your baby to be a friendly person who makes those around them feel good. But how do you ensure your baby grows up to be nice when there are some pretty mean influences in the world? It turns out that there are things you do every day that will make your baby friendlier later in life.
It's no surprise that children learn by watching what other people do in different situations. This means your baby is paying attention when you wave hello to neighbors, or thank the store clerk. "Babies are hardwired to be social creatures," clinical psychologist Alison Steier said in an interview with Parents magazine. When you include them in your own social activities and create scenarios just for them, they are able to be more expressive and communicative.
Babies are very smart; their brains are soaking in everything around them. They can pick up on people's moods, and understand when someone is being welcoming, according to Readers's Digest. This is why something as simple as a smile or reading to your child can make such an impact on their development.
These eight every day things are easy to do in the name of helping your baby be friendly — and they are probably things you are doing already.