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4 - 6 months

5 tips to help your baby socialise with other children

16 April 2020 | by Megan Faure

Does your baby struggle to interact with her peers? Here’s how to encourage her to join in.

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QUESTION: We’re going on holiday with another family, but my child doesn’t always socialise well with other children. How can I encourage her to join in with the activities?

"Babies do have different personalities, and slow-to-warm-up and sensitive babies don't engage with gusto," explains childcare expert Megan Faure. "The sensory aspect of socialisation overwhelms sensitive babies, while slow-to-warm-up babies hang back until they establish whether the social situation is safe."

The following tips from Faure may help your baby socialise better with her peers:

1. Establish your baby’s sensory profile

Read Your Sensory Baby (Meg Faure, DK) to establish her sensory personality. Understanding her sensory personality goes a long way in creating rewarding social interaction.

2. Ensure she gets enough sleep

Watch her awake times on holiday and make sure she has her age-appropriate day sleeps. She will have more positive interactions when rested than if she's overtired.

3. Help her get comfortable with her peers

Sit with her on the floor with the other kids until she feels comfortable enough to get involved in their play. Be patient, as this may take a while.

4. Try to go away with a family who has a settled or calm baby

This will obviously be less threatening to her and she will have a more positive social experience.

5. Give her a sense of security

Do this by being positive about interacting with her little friends and give her positive words for what is going on in their playtime.

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