Baby friendship

2 babies play

We are inviting 6- to 18-months-old infants and their parents to participate in the ‘Baby Friendship’ project.

Research suggests that children’s abilities to make friends begin to develop in first year of life. For example, you may have noticed that, when they meet to play, babies observe each other or share toys. However it is not very clear how these interactions occur and how they develop over the first months of life. Our project focuses on understanding the dynamic of infants’ interactions while they play. We anticipate a variety of styles, so there is no right or wrong. By discovering how friendships develop beginning with the first years of life, we hope to learn how to foster children’s social and emotional wellbeing, and to facilitate how well children adapt to interactions within the school environment.

Participating in this project involves one visit (approximately 1.5h) to the University of York. The research session is organized like a play date during which your baby has the chance to play with another same–age infant. We have a play room which is suitable for this and plenty of toys. So, it is pretty fun for the babies. You will be with your baby at all times throughout the session. While the babies play we will record their behaviour and how they respond emotionally to each other.

Parents receive £10 to support the trip to the University of York and babies receive a small gift as a token of our appreciation for their help. We also provide free parking in case you decide to travel by car.

If you have a baby 6- to 18-months-old and are interested to take part in the ‘Baby Friendship’ project please sign-up by filling in the form at the following link. The information you provide will be stored securely and will not be shared with anyone outside our team.

Filling in the form does not mean you consent to participate. We will soon get in touch with more details about the project, and then you can decide whether you would like to schedule a research session at a date and time that suits you.

In case you would like to find out more before signing up, please contact us at:


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