Raise a Friendly Baby

Show Her the World

When Katie Tam was a baby, her mother, MJ, took her along on errands and made a point of introducing her to the people they met. "I did it with my older kids, and it really helped them become more outgoing," says the Chicago mom of three. It's a good idea to start with familiar faces (such as neighbors and friends) and work up gradually to more challenging situations, like saying "hi" to another customer in the checkout line.

Once she starts making eye contact and smiling at strangers, your baby is truly becoming a social being. She's ready for larger gatherings, such as a family party or a church event. A bonus: The more you enjoy yourself, the better it is for your child, who will learn that it's fun to be around other people.

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