Is it normal for my 4-month-old to be fearful of strangers?

Is anyone else’s 4-6 month old fearful of strangers? My child is happy and social and incredibly loving with people he already knows, but a stranger tries to talk, and it’s tears. This didn’t happen with my first until he was quite a bit older. When I looked it up, it seems that it typically does happen older. He is ahead in plenty of other areas, so I don’t know if this is just one of them or if I should be concerned.


Yes, it is. It’s actually good.

He may just be in that “stranger danger” phase a little bit early. I wouldn’t be too concerned. :slight_smile:

My son went through this. Just the people keep visiting and they’ll get use to it. They don’t know anyone but whose their everyday.

My son is fresh 6MO and when I went to target with him, two strangers tried talking to him while he was in the stroller, and at first he was okay, but then started crying. So we walked off and he stopped. Idk if that makes you feel better or not.
He also doesn’t like one of my aunts, but likes the other. Sees them the same amount (not very often) so idk.

Yes. My almost 3 year old still doesn’t like strangers while his almost 5 year old sister will talk to anyone. Lol. All my 2 month old cares about is boobs.

Yep. My daughter is the same way

My son will start crying when someone that I know sees him and says can I hold him and he doesn’t know them he balls and he’s 9 months old been doing it since 6 months. It’s definitely normal

i think it’s normal because my 4months old girl tears too💁💁

My kids were like that since infants and now as they’re turning 2 and 4.
My oldest is familiar alot more with extended family members.

Yup! Mine started this right at 4 months, she’s currently 5months and is still going through it.

My oldest son has always been my sixth sense. Going to a new doctor, take him. Going to research daycares, babysitters, etc take him. If he ever has felt uncomfortable, he shuts down immediately. No talking, no eye contact, no playing if there are toys or kids, crying etc. He saved us a lot of time over the years. He’s 20 now, and still the same way. Maybe because he’s autistic? Maybe or he’s got good radar. Either way, I wouldn’t worry about it being so early. I’ve looked at it as a good thing.

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My daughter has been like this since she was born. She’s 17 months now and still gets scared of new people.

I would be more concerned if he didnt react to strangers tbh

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From the day I brought my daughter home from the hospital she was fine with ppl she heard everyday while in my stomach but if anybody new held her she freaked and wanted me

Yes. Is it a specific voice? Like male or female? My son was fearful of men with a deep voice. Both my brother and brother in law had deep voices so hed cry when they talk

It’s a baby lol my 3 yr old is still shy and weary of strangers

My 5 month old is like that she lets people she knows hold her and os happy ad could be strangers our family that isnt around much she will cry and scream

My youngest was always leery of new people- would cry even as young as 2 months old if someone new held her. She is a true introvert even to this day. Doesn’t like new people especially in large groups and is shy around family she doesn’t see on a regular basis.

Yes my son was the same until he was 5