Fear of StrangersAll babies go through stages of being scared of strangers. This is a common experience and happens as a normal part of healthy development from around seven months onwards. Even for the most social of babies, some degree of anxiety around unfamiliar people is very normal.
Tips for when your child is sleeping away from home
We’ve all heard that babies and young children are adaptable. But the truth is that many small people are not. Just like the adults in their lives, some respond more easily to changes in their daily routine, others are less flexible.
Whichever way your child is ‘hard wired’ to respond to change, there will be times when they’ll need a little more support. Sleep and settling is one aspect of care which needs to be flexible, depending on the day and where your child may be.
Tips for when your baby doesn't want to be swaddled
Swaddling a young baby can help them to settle and sleep on their back. This is protective against SUDI (Sudden Infant Death in Infancy). Swaddling can also be a good way to calm an unsettled and wakeful baby.
In the early months, a light muslin or cotton wrap is ideal to use as a swaddle. It can take a bit of practice to find the best way to wrap firm enough, though not too tight. Some babies are experts in wriggling free from their wrap and some just stay neatly inside.