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Does a one year NEED socialization with kids his age?

My son has only been around his 5 year old sister and my 4 year old niece.


Asked by Luckylady0755 at 10:48 AM on Apr. 18, 2014 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Not really. Mom may need socialization with others HER own age, though!

    Answer by gdiamante at 11:05 AM on Apr. 18, 2014

  • I think it's good for them to be around other children. When they are the youngest, and the only baby the world revolves entirely around them, if you take a 6 month old to a playgroup you'll see that even though they aren't old enough to play together, they are fascinated by the other babies they're age. If they are used to being around children their own age, and a range of ages, they are less likely to have that 'stranger' problem when they get older, and when they do learn to socialize and play with other kids they are used to being around them, and I think less likely to 'cling' to mommy at playgroup.

    I however am not a childcare expert, and these are just my personal observations and opinions.

    Answer by ohwrite at 4:19 PM on Apr. 18, 2014

  • No

    Answer by momngram at 11:10 AM on Apr. 18, 2014

  • Not at one, they still aren't at the play together stage, so just having others to interact with is enough.

    Answer by kmath at 11:15 AM on Apr. 18, 2014

  • no
    when 2-2.5, kids still parallel play, and play dates should be very short

    Answer by fiatpax at 11:22 AM on Apr. 18, 2014

  • No

    Answer by virginiamama71 at 2:26 PM on Apr. 18, 2014

  • I don't think so... I think that becomes more important about 3, when they can interact with each other on a higher level. 


    Answer by Ramble_on at 11:03 AM on Apr. 18, 2014

  • No

    Answer by ladybugmamax2 at 6:11 PM on Apr. 18, 2014

  • No. I work at a daycare. At around 18 months they sort of play together, but not really. At 2 definitely.

    Answer by mompam at 8:11 PM on Apr. 18, 2014

  • Not at 1.

    Answer by abecee at 8:55 PM on Apr. 18, 2014