You're at the market, tired and beaten, after spending the last 30 minutes of a "quick" milk and eggs run walking in circles consoling your cranky baby. His eyelids finally begin to get heavy and you rush to the dairy aisle for the last of your essentials. Then it happens. A complete stranger approaches your kid and starts a loud baby talk conversation. Immediately, your little one startles awake and begins wailing. The stranger looks offended and walks away, and this is just one of the ways your baby is telling someone to f*ck off.
You may think that your kid is too young to have formed an opinion of others, but according to Dr. Sears, babies are like little FBI agents. They begin studying people at around four months of age in an attempt to figure out who they can and can not trust. Sometimes their behavior towards others is a reflection of how their parents react, but for the most part, babies are born with personal protective instincts. Many even develop separation and stranger anxiety as a way to balance out their curiosity with the dangers they might encounter.
Your kid may be little, but that doesn't mean they are too young to realize that certain people and behaviors make them uncomfortable. Here are some ways your baby may be telling someone to f*ck off.