Hi friends! Today we are going to talk of an interesting topic on Baby’s stranger anxiety.
Most babies begin to show fear of strangers by around 7-9 months. They aso don’t like being apart from their parents. Don’t worry, this is absolutely normal. Don’t think that baby has become fevicol to you. Slowly she will get over it and discover her own independence.
Why does fear develop around 7-9 months in babies? Some researchers believe children begin to show fear when they are able to compare something they know and remember, with something they don’t recognize. Children get better at knowing the difference between familiar and unfamiliar faces, they may become more fearful of faces they don’t know.
Others believe that fear is more biologically ‘programmed’. For these researchers, an unfamiliar face or situation is a natural clue to danger.
How can you help your child through stranger anxiety and separation anxiety?
· Stay close to your child when new people are around. Infants react more fearfully to strangers when their mothers or caregivers are not close by.
· Show your child that new people are OK. When you greet a stranger in a friendly way, with smiles and a positive tone of voice, children are less likely to feel afraid.
· Give your child time to get used to new surroundings before meeting a stranger.
· Try bringing a familiar toy or stuffed animal for comfort.
· Encourage new people to approach slowly and gently, without immediately touching your child.
· Pay close attention to your baby’s reactions, and respond.
· If your baby cries or looks afraid with a new person, it’s OK to comfort her and try again later.
· Avoid sneaking out on your child when leaving. Although it might seem easier at the time, children may feel confused or betrayed when they realize you’re gone. When leaving your child with someone, tell your child that he will be safe and that you will be back soon.
· Earlier in the day, let your child know that a sitter is coming, who it will be, and how long you will be gone.
· Give your child some time with the babysitter so your child has a chance to get more comfortable before you leave.
· Let your child know that the sitter will keep them safe.
· Tell her how much you love her, where you are going, and when you’ll be back.
· Give your child something to look forward to when you return, like reading a book together.
As your child grows, he or she will overcome his fear with time. So stay calm and patient and don’t ponder too much.
Enjoy parenting and have a great time!!!