Our baby used to love new people. My husband and I could hand him to anyone and he'd just smile and coo. But starting when he turned seven months, his behavior changed completely. He's gotten incredibly clingy and he cries if anyone he doesn't know comes anywhere near him. What's going on?
Welcome to stranger anxiety, your baby's first fear. What's happening is that your baby is just beginning to figure out that he and you (and his other primary caretakers) are separate human beings. It's a scary idea, and he's simply afraid that some person he doesn't like very much might take you -- and all the services you provide -- away.
Stranger anxiety affects 50 to 80 percent of babies. It usually kicks in at around seven or eight months, but sometimes not until a year. It can last anywhere from a few weeks to six months. Here are a few things you can do to help your baby (and yourself) cope with stranger anxiety.
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