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When will my baby start to develop friendships?

Your baby will express preferences for certain people from an early age, and will express delight when they see them. You might see these preferences as young as 6 weeks. By about 6 months you should definitely see your baby taking a stronger interest in other children.

Friendships usually develop when children are around 4 years old. Building a friendship takes emotional skills, social skills and some self-control. By consistently responding to your wee one in a kind and empathetic way you’ll be developing their ability to understand themselves, and understand and be empathetic towards others. It’s a bit like watering a seed – if you keep on watering it, it’ll eventually grow and blossom! 

Here are some tips for helping your baby build friendships in the future:

Last updated: 24 Apr, 2023