5 tips for introducing baby to strangers
Age: 6 weeks 2 days
- Prepare the other party
Whenever you’re introducing your baby to a stranger, just put it out there: your baby hasn’t met many other adults yet. Stating this outright can help prevent any embarrassment or alarm in the event that your baby isn’t quite ready to be around strangers yet and decides to announce this loudly.
- Prepare your baby
your baby is smarter and more aware of her environment than you think. Introduce this new person to her, and tell your baby how you know them, and how great it is that this person is here to play with her!
- Close the gap
Once you’ve cleared the air about your baby’s experience with other adults, try bringing her physically closer to her new acquaintance. Encourage your companion to talk to or play with your baby while you hold her, and see how she responds. No tears or worried looks? Then proceed straight to...
- Go for the hold
Among the most intimidating social leaps for babies is being held by somebody unfamiliar to them. When handing an infant to a new adult, you can make the exchange smooth by showing your companion how to approach your baby slowly and hold her securely with one hand behind the head and the other supporting her bottom. Once you’ve made the trade, give your baby a few minutes to adapt to her new holder. Then, if all still seems well…
- Give them a moment
The ultimate test here is to see how your baby responds to a stranger without your presence. If the two of you are at home, try stepping out of the room briefly. Chances are that your baby might cry at first, but don’t cut the meeting short just yet. Instead, come back in, wait for her to calm down, and then leave the room again. Eventually, your baby should understand that even when you’re not immediately present, you’re not far away either. And you’ll be back sooner than she knows!
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