Hello, Baby! Baby always meets new people, from aunts and uncles to neighbours and friends. It’s a great way for a baby to improve his social skills. Meeting a baby is a joyful occasion for both the parents and the older children, but it can be difficult for the Baby to meet new people. Sometimes they
Baby always meets new people, from aunts and uncles to neighbours and friends. It’s a great way for a baby to improve his social skills.
Meeting a baby is a joyful occasion for both the parents and the older children, but it can be difficult for the Baby to meet new people. Sometimes they may be anxious or confused when new voices and faces are introduced. This is sometimes known as “fear of strangers” (or “stranger anxiety”). Some children are still afraid to meet new people as they grow older.
The Baby may not have met as many people as you would like in the last two years. That’s okay!
There are many ways to introduce your Baby to new people regardless of their age and experience.
How should children and babies react to meeting new people?
Some babies seem scared, while others don’t seem bothered. Fear of strangers is an important stage in child development. There is nothing wrong with the Baby being afraid. It’s a normal reaction.
How can you tell if your child is afraid of strangers? These are signs to look out for:
- The Baby’s face is a fearful one
- The Baby is very quiet
- Try to hide
- Holding onto someone, you feel safe with
What is the age at which fear of strangers begins? Each Baby’s fear of strangers will be different. However, most babies start to fear strangers around 7-10 months old. Some children will only experience this fear for a few months, while others may have it for many years.
What can you do to help your child make friends and decrease their fear? It doesn’t matter if your child is afraid to meet new people. However, it’s vital for their social skills that they can make friends with new people. Here are some tips to help your child meet people.
Bond with your Baby. Baby bond with their primary caregiver to create an attachment that gives them safety and comfort. A healthy attachment is essential for a Baby’s social skills development and social skills.
While they are meeting new people, keep in touch with your Baby. While meeting new people, hold their hand or place them on your lap.
To set a good example, be calm and greet the person you meet.
You can take your lovey to meet new people if your child has one.
Introduce children to people they know at home and in familiar places. To help your baby get used to a new environment, such as a daycare centre, it is good to take them along to visit the place a few times before they leave.
Play with your Baby while you meet new people. You can give the new person a toy or invite them to join you in a game. New people can help you with everyday activities like reading a story to your baby at bedtime.
When your child is old enough, you can help them meet new people. You can say, “We are going to meet our friend today.” Or, you can help your child plan to ask questions or give a gift to the new person to make the meeting more enjoyable.
If your child is old enough, you can help them become more independent. This may improve their communication and confidence. Let them spend some time each day alone.
Voice chatting is a great option! Video chatting is a great way for babies to learn how to communicate with others, even though it may not be their primary method of meeting new people.
Don’t let it discourage you if things don’t work out the first time. Continue to introduce Baby to new people but be patient. Do not push them or if they are constantly crying, take them out of the situation. You don’t have to rush the process.
Talk to your healthcare provider if your child is afraid of strangers, and it doesn’t seem like it’s getting worse as they age.