Age-by-Age Guide to Baby Friendships

12 to 24 months

  • Babies 12 and 13 months old are attracted to people who are doing the same thing they are.
  • Children begin to be interested in people outside their own families.
  • Babies create similarities where none exist to initiate an interaction. A baby might pick up a red ball if he decides he wants to interact with another baby holding a red ball.
  • One toddler will often approach another and stare, touch, make a weird noise, or even land a punch.
  • You can see the baby's whole body change to convey her excitement at the sight of her friend.
  • Toddlers can interact in "companionable silences," reminding you of old married couples who don't need words to communicate.

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