How your baby’s growing: 5 months old
Keep this in mind when you’re around people she doesn’t know, and try not to be embarrassed when she cries in someone else’s arms — just take her back and calm her down by holding her yourself. Tell your friends and family to approach your little one with slow, gentle movements.
A case of stranger anxiety doesn’t mean you have to avoid new faces. Your baby will benefit from being around people other than you and your partner. Just remember that she needs your patience and understanding to get through this very important stage of development.
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Your life: Getting your baby used to other people
A strong, lasting bond grows through regular day-to-day interactions, so encourage Dad or your partner to get involved in even the most basic baby care tasks, like changing diapers, bathing, and feeding. Have him carry the baby around when he’s going about his day — and make time for play, as well. Keep your distance at first so your baby can’t hear or smell you. One idea: Divide baby care chores so your partner handles the daily bath or the bedtime routine every evening.
Expose your baby to friends and family, too. Try holding your baby while the other person talks and plays with her. Then hand her over to the other person and stay close. Eventually, leave briefly and come back. Repeat this step, making the interval you’re away longer and longer.