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.

Disclaimer: This page is not intended to provide medical advice about your child. Always seek the advice of a physician, qualified healthcare provider or child-development specialist with any questions you have about your child's health, medical condition or development. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you read here.

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