Is stranger anxiety my fault?
my daughter has had serious stranger anxiety since she was 2.5 months old. She screams like she's being tortured if anyone but me or my husband hold her when we're away from home. To be fair, she will warm up to people if they kind of ignore her for a good half hour to an hour, but she still gets pretty nervous when they hold her. She also loves her godmother and warms up to my friends quicker then my older family members.
I worry because every time she freaks out people around me say things like "oh, it's because she's a breast baby" or "her mom is home with her all day so she gets nervous around strangers". No one else in my circle of family and friend stayed home with their babys or breastfed past 6 weeks old. Are they just ignorant or are my parenting choices really the reason she gets so upset around strangers? I feel so bad for her...
I worried about my outgoing children being too friendly with strangers. My oldest as she got older and talked would say hi to almost everyone we met, she was that friendly.