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Melissa - posted on 04/06/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My 1 year old daughter doesn't have any play friends, is this wrong?

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No, it's not wrong. My daughter who is now 4.5 yrs old, didn't have play friends. Only saw her cousins every now and then, and sometimes saw my friends daughter who is 6 months younger. But no one on a regular basis. She just started preschool this year and is very sociable and is very bright. Your daughter is only 1 year old! She's only been on the planet for 12 months!!!! Don't stress about it :)

Dawn - posted on 04/06/2009

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It takes time!  At 1 playing "together" is really more like playing next to each other :).  You might want to check out playgroupsusa.com.  It's a free site dedicated to connecting people with kids that are a similar age in a similar location for playgroups.  I found them when I was looking for something for my younger girls in my area. There weren't any groups up in my immediate area at the time, so I started one through them--also free and very easy.  It took a couple of months to get going (i.e. for people to find it online), but now I have a weekly playdate for my little ones (we rotate where we meet--sometimes at houses, sometimes at parks) and my girls have others to play with their ages and I am getting to know more moms in my community too--which is a huge benefit for me as well.  Good luck!

Melissa - posted on 04/06/2009

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she's not around other children often and when she is she sees them she gets very excited i feel like she doesn't socialize enough, will this effect her negitively.

Rachel - posted on 04/06/2009

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Is it because she's not around other children? Sometimes children won't know how to play with others without some practice.

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