6–12 MONTHS CRYING IN THE PRESENCE OF STRANGERS

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6–12 MONTHS CRYING IN THE PRESENCE OF STRANGERS

Decoded message:

I feel scared because I don’t know these people.
I need you to reassure me when they are here.

Suggested actions:

Comforting

Hold your baby close and gently reassure him while he regains control of his emotions.
Tell him that it is okay to be afraid sometimes, but that you are there for him.

Making amends

Speak softly to your child and tell him you hadn’t realized that he was afraid.
Remind him that you can’t always know how he feels, but that you will try to understand his needs sooner, the next time.
Tell him that you are there for him now and that everything is all right.

Protecting/Taking charge

Move him away from the people that he is afraid of.
Hold him gently and speak to him softly while trying to calm him.
Remind him that you know these people and that they will not hurt him.
Smile to strangers and encourage him to do the same.