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Post Reply Why do babies cry when held by strangers?
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Posted 11/20/16
Sadly had a similar problem when I came back from living abroad when my youngest brother was still 1 1/2. (was gone for like 6 months) He started crying and freaking out every time he saw me for like a solid month or so and was fine with me holding him before I left. I think it was because he remembered me, but then I kinda disappeared for a while and came back and it caused him stress or something.

Luckily, this was years ago and eventually that got cleared up, but I think it more or less proves that babies are untrusting of strangers.
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Posted 11/20/16 , edited 11/20/16
I think initially its fear of unknown, but kids are a really good judge of character, so if you can't get them to stop crying for a long period of time the baby's getting a bad vibe from you.. or something like teething, full diaper, or unseen pain like a headache are most likely the culprits. I bet anything your little bro picked up on your discomfort with the situation... kids know everything their parents try to keep secret now.
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Posted 11/21/16
idk know what to vote for since the true answer is all of them
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Posted 11/21/16
They know true evil when they see it.
Posted 11/23/16
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Posted 1/21/17
I think that they're just scared in such cases...
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Posted 1/21/17
I'd say it's like with dogs and some other animals: They just sense stuff, we as adults don't do
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Posted 1/22/17
mm.. babies i've met so far just stare at me and don't cry.
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Posted 1/22/17
It's basically unfamiliarity. Someone new holding a baby has a new scent, sounds different, etc. than what they are used to. It also varies a lot with the age of the babies. Babies younger than 4 months tend not to cry much when held by strangers. They start acting different around others after that, but usually not a lot of crying-more staring and being silent, etc. Around 8-9 months, stranger anxiety is in full swing, and that's when crying around strangers starts. The worst of it is usually until around 14 months or so, but it can last longer.

My minor in college was child development, which is how I know this stuff.
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Posted 3/10/17
the stranger doesn't really want to hold it
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Posted 3/10/17
the stranger isnt as warm as their mom/dad
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