Older Infant: Relationships With Other Children

Posted by Nate McCallister on December 15, 2015
Older infant talking on phone.

Be on the lookout for rising mobile phone bills if your plan fails to cover unlimited imaginary minutes.

Older infants enjoy pretending to talk on the phone. They use toy phones–sometimes real phones–to talk to friends, family, and fictitious characters.

This indicates progress in their ability to develop relationships with other children.

More examples of progress and quick tips to support it follow.


Age: 8-18 Months
Domain: Social Emotional Development
Sub-domain: Relationships With Other Children


Progress and Support

Older infants show progress in this area when they

  • jump up and down, smile, and laugh as they see another child do the same,
  • play with toys as they sit with other children,
  • attempt to comfort crying children by offering them toys,
  • point to a toy that another child has to indicate that they want it.

These quick tips support development:

  • provide plenty of toys for play,
  • give the child dolls to pretend with,
  • invite other children to bring toys to the child while you hold him,
  • talk to the infant about what other children are doing as you watch them play,
  • create opportunities for the child to interact and play with other children.

Let’s combine our minds and think of more quick tips to help children thrive. Please share your thoughts below.


Resources: Minnesota’s Early Childhood Indicators of Progress, 2007

Author: Nate McCallister

Nate McCallister started with SonShine Learning Center in 2003 as a preschool teacher. Today, he works as the organization’s director of operations and is the site director at the Luther location. He earned a bachelor’s degree in technical communication and professional writing from Metropolitan State University and studied early childhood education at St. Paul College.