The holiday season is upon us, and it's about that time when your little babe is going to meet, and spend time with, a lot of new or unfamiliar people — namely, extended friends and family. This is always a sensitive situation for parents, as you don't want to push baby to do something they don't want, but also don't want to unintentionally offend well-meaning huggers and kissers. The situation becomes even more complicated when involving grandparents who like to do nothing but hold their grandchild. Here's some tricks to get a baby to stop crying in their grandparents' arms, so you can try to keep family time as smooth as possible.
There's no simple, one-size-fits-all solution to getting your kid to stop crying in their grandparents' arms. Because babies are just little people, there could be a number of reasons why they're crying in someone else's arms. They could just be uncomfortable (hungry, cranky, poopy, or mispositioned), unfamiliar, just prefer mom or dad (crying is a form of protest as much as it is communication), or not getting great vibes (we all have those relatives, as well). Also, babies are babies, and sometimes they just cry. While we should never try to force our kiddos into doing something they're not too comfortable with, there are some ways you can help them become more familiar with their grandparents or other extended relatives.