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7-Month-Old Baby (30 Weeks)

Attachment

The process of attachment has been well underway for many months now. Infants form the most solid attachments to their primary caregivers, the people who have shown to be sensitive and responsive to their needs.
 
Oftentimes, when babies are just a few months old, they tend to appear equally happy sitting in your lap as they are with, say, your neighbor. Around 7 months of age, you may notice your infant responding differently to the people they know well and those they don't (like screaming when a person they don't know looks at them).
 
The cause of the change in behavior is the fact that infants are learning several concepts at the same time. Infants learn over the course of a few months that those out-of-site objects still exist. They are also learning that people are separate and different and the amount of attachment to each person can vary significantly.
 
While these concepts are still a little shaky and develop slowly, your child's attachment to you continues to grow stronger. Be prepared for some separation anxiety to occur.
 
Yes, it can be frustrating that you cannot leave the room without your baby making it sound like the world has come to an end, but it will eventually go away. For now, the best thing to do is to help your baby through it with patience and reassurance.
 
(Click Object Permanence or Separation Anxiety to learn more about either of these topics.)
 
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