Shyness around Others

Sometime between 5 and 9 months of age, you may notice that your baby is becoming a little shy around strangers. Suddenly more aware of her surroundings, she can’t help but be sensitive to new faces and places.

A stranger presents many new experiences all at once—a new face, voice and smell—which can be a bit much for a baby at this age to accept without stress.

While this new shyness is normal, it often coincides with your baby beginning to attend daycare or spending more time with a babysitter. If this is the case, try some short visits with you nearby until your baby becomes used to the new person in his life.

See also ...

•  Shyness, separation anxiety and slow-to-warm temperaments

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