Your Child is now able to recognize familiar people and, as a result, might get scared seeing strangers.
Evolutionarily, it was very important for children to know who they can trust, which is why they naturally start crying if they see strangers or people who look different — for example, foreigners.
How to support this development
Help Your Child to remember faces of familiar people by printing out some pictures of family and friends — looking at actual photographs is much nicer for children than looking at screens. If Your Child gets to meet people that look different, make sure that it happens in the environment where Your Child feels safe and show the little one there’s no reason to be afraid.
Note: All children develop differently and at their own pace. For children born preterm, the referred timeframe for achieving the various developmental milestones might be incorrect.
Sources: The information and graphs about when children reach specific milestones are taken from various sources, including the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Denver Developmental Screening Test, and the State Institute of Early Childhood Research, Germany (IFP).
Ketsupa Jirakarn (Mental health specialist) (11 June 2021)