why 9 month old baby cries with grandparents but not stranger?

Celeste - posted on 02/24/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My 9 month old baby girl cries hysterically when she is held by my mother and my husbands father. Sometimes even when they just are looking at her. Its very strange. But we have been out and about and strangers come to see her and she laughs and giggles to the majority maybe once or twice she almost cried at a stranger. Its very interesting behaviour so I'm really curious to see some of your thoughts about this.

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Lesa - posted on 02/24/2012

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Do the grandparents babysit your little girl?? If so, she may associate them with you leaving her. Just a thought :-) If they don't, it could be she wants you and not them holding her. If you think about it, strangers don't come up and hold her (taking her away from you). They are smarter than we think!

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Sarah - posted on 02/25/2012

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omg my girls did the exact same thing, my oldest is 5 now and she doesnt even wanna stay with her nan anymore (she used to stay the night with her) and my youngest is 16 months and has never ever stayied with her not even for a few hrs. i dunno wat is going on lol

Jenni - posted on 02/24/2012

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Just don't force her to go to them if she doesn't want to. Let her come around on her own and warm up to them at her own pace.

Jenni - posted on 02/24/2012

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I think all three of my kids went through a short phase where they were scared of elderly people. They were usually fine with most people who approached them while we were out except older people.



Usually babies are most comfortable with people who look similar to their caregivers. My children were always really comfortable with my mom, who looks a lot like me, even though they didn't see her often. But they went through a phase where they were scared of my MIL even though we spent more time with her.



It could be a number of things that effects her weariness of them. But the more she sees them and the older she gets, the more comfortable she'll be around them.

Brittney - posted on 02/24/2012

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It sounds like stranger anxiety, do you visit the grandparent often? If it is stranger anxiety, its just a phase and will pass soon.

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