Healthy, caring relationships are food for a child’s growing brain. By 6 months of age, babies can tell the difference between faces they know and don’t know just as well as you can! By 18 months of age, the areas of the brain that control emotions are connecting. Babies learn about healthy relationships and how to handle stress from you, so if you are stressed, your baby will be too. Your child needs you to love them, comfort them, and encourage them. Make sure that other caregivers are also providing a safe, nurturing environment for your child.