My baby is only nine months - we hang out with my mates and their kids a lot and there seem to be definite babies she likes more than others, touching them and smiling at them. It it possible do you think for a baby to have friends and to choose them?
Yes I do my ds3 had lots of 'baby friends' but one child of a similar age he used to become very upset by - unfortunately it was a very good friend of mines child and she got very stressed about it -despite us encouraging them to be friends it was very difficult - 9 years later hes been diagnosed with autism and my lovely friend told the Dr that she knew he was 'different' when ds3 was scared of him when they were babies .
DD is 8.5 months and has absolutely no interest in any other babies. They don't frighten her, she just isn't bothered by them. I think she senses they have nothing to offer her! Compared to adults playing and making a fuss etc.
My DD is 10 months, and I have 4 friends with similar age babies. While at clinic a couple of weeks ago, in a crowded room with loads of babies/toddlers, DD saw one of her friends enter the room and positively beamed, as did the other baby, just a week or so younger.
so I'd say yes, definitely, they can choose and seek out their friends!