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Separation Anxiety

A newborn can be passed from one set of waiting arms to another with little protest. Your 8-month-old, however, will have a problem with that, for she's downright suspicious of all those other people she's suddenly become aware of. It may seem ironic, but this panic over grandparents, caregivers, and those women who coo at her in the grocery store is a crucial stage in social development. After all, in order to widen her social circle, she must first know that there are other people who could be included. The worst of this phase is usually over in a couple of months. With experience, your baby gradually learns that she can trust other people -- who will then be on the receiving end of those glorious smiles.

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