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How to encourage your baby to socialise

If your baby doesn’t seem interested in communicating and interacting with you, don’t worry. Here are some tips to help them.

Our page on baby communication has more information on how babies learn to socialise and how you can help them.

Why are some babies reluctant to socialise?

Babies come into the world with their own unique personalities – they don’t all like the same things. Some babies take longer to work out this big new world they’ve been born into. All the sights, sounds, smells, touches and feelings can be overwhelming! 

Like adults, babies will not feel like socialising if they’re unwell, stressed or unhappy in some way. But if you’re worried that they’re always reluctant to socialise, even when they are well and happy,  speak to your health visitor, family nurse or GP.

But whatever is going on, these tips will always be helpful.

Tips to help your baby socialise

Last updated: 8 Jan, 2024