What’s going on for baby?

During this stage as a baby becomes more strongly attached to close family members, they become aware there are other people they don’t know as well.

They may be cautious when new people come close, and they might grizzle and get anxious or upset. This is known as ‘stranger anxiety’ and is a sign of a healthy attachment between baby and their caregivers.

How can parents and whānau help?

  • Feel glad that baby knows the difference between close family and other people and understand that baby will sometimes need to ‘warm up’ gradually to others.
  • Reassure other people that baby is in a new stage of development and is learning that they are ‘okay’ people to be with, if they give baby time and understanding.

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