Infants and Toddlers
One of the first fears demonstrated by infants between 4 and 9 months of age is “stranger anxiety." As infants recognize their parents’ faces, they become aware of those individuals who are different.
Toddlers often progress to develop a fear of darkness, loud noises, large objects, and people viewed as “different” (like Santa Claus or clowns).
Parents should NEVER
- ridicule or make fun of a fearful toddler, or a fearful child of any age
- use the fear as a threat or express indifference to the fear.
Instead, acknowledge the fear and reassure the child you are there to protect them.