Sometimes babies have an immediately negative reaction to someone, usually noticeable by their overwhelming screams and wails. Their judgment, however, can be somewhat difficult to decipher, especially if their inexplicable hatred is directed towards someone you love or admire. Don't worry, though; more often than not there's no real rhyme or reason to your baby's logic. Sometimes the people your baby is bound to hate has nothing to do with the people in question, and everything to do with your baby being, well, a baby.
Over the course of my childcare career, I cared for over 25 babies and small children. It's safe to say that I'm proud that I could always elicit a smile, and comfort them when they cried. OK, not always. There was one child in all that time, a 9-month-old baby, who decided he just didn't like me. He would cry when I approached and push me away, preferring to whimper alone than be held by me at all. I persevered, thinking we could build a relationship with some time, but that instant dislike also happened to be permanent. I had to reluctantly tell his mother that I was not her sweet son's favorite, and that I thought it would be best if she looked for a different caregiver. A few weeks later I bumped into her in the grocery store and was pleased to hear he had settled in with his new daycare provider and, as a result, was much happier.
So believe me when I say that sometimes your baby just isn't going to like someone, for reasons unknown and without it really being anyone's fault. Now, as a mother, I can attest to the following people who may or may not become the subject of your baby's hate. Hey, babies gotta baby.