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This may be a strange question, but I've been wondering about it lately. My husband and I live abroad, thousands of miles away from either of our families. We have local friends, of course, and some of them have children, but the reality is, we don't meet face-to-face with them very often. People work hard in this country and what free time there is is usually spent with family.
Our son is almost 9mo. I'm on maternity leave, and my husband works a great deal from home, so luckily our baby gets a lot of interaction with both parents. My mother was here for a month when he was 2mo. He's met some of our friends and their children (he has stranger anxiety, though). He gets cooed over by shop clerks and the neighbourhood ladies in the park, etc. He "skypes" with his grandparents. :)
So while he sees people (we don't keep him in a dungeon), he doesn't see anyone on a regular enough basis to know them.
Do you think babies under 1yo need "friends"? Playdates with other babies, time away from parents with a relative/babysitter, etc.? What is your experience?