Younger Infant: Self-Awareness

Posted by Nate McCallister on December 1, 2015
Smiling infant.

The development of self-awareness is an important part of social emotional development for infants. In this stage of development you can see children grow more and more aware of their own needs and feelings.


Age: 0-8 Months
Domain: Social Emotional Development
Sub-domain: Self-Awareness


Progress and Support

Younger infants show progress when they

  • look at own hands and feet,
  • notice reflection in mirror (may think it’s another child),
  • express feeling of discomfort, comfort, happiness, and sadness.

You support development when you

  • talk about how you feel,
  • create opportunities for the infants to look in the mirror,
  • use the child’s name when you speak with her,
  • recognize and verbalize what the child may be feeling.

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.