"I Wanna Hold Your Baby!" -- 8 Steps for Reducing Stranger Anxiety

Fear of strangers is a very real aspect of “growing up” for babies and children, but coping with stranger anxiety means learning to avoid hurt feelings while also respecting a child’s needs. When a relative, especially a grandparent, comes to visit hoping to find open arms, it can be difficult for them to understand that at a certain age almost all babies begin to fear strangers, related or not. How can you help your family members to cooperate with this very real fear?

A fellow parent recently pointed out this issue, and coincidentally I stumbled upon this same topic in my current parenting read. Some research and personal experience led me to the nitty gritty on stranger anxiety in babies, and eight steps for dealing with stranger anxiety. A little forethought can mean the difference between happy babies and hurt feelings!

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