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Why won't my 3-month-old grandson let me hold him?

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Why won't my 3-month-old grandson let me hold him?


This stage will pass—I promise. Each month as babies develop and grow they become more aware of their surroundings—sights, smells, sounds, and strangers. This new awareness of the unfamiliar can be overwhelming and scary to babies. This behavior more often occurs at 4 to 5 months, but it certainly can occur as early as 3 months. He needs time and space to learn about and feel comfortable with each new sight, sound, and person. For now, let his parents hold him and allow him to get used to your voice and your face as you sit nearby. In due time, he'll be more than happy to have you hold him.  

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