Okay, so, when I was little, I used to cry whenever my mother got out of the shower and had her hair in a towel. Babies are so terrified of change, the slightest difference in mommy or daddy’s appearance can frighten the hell out of them.
So picture this.
Erik and Christine have a baby. Christine insists that he take his mask off when meeting his newborn child, so that the baby will be able to get used to his face right from the beginning. Erik complies, though he is nervous about the idea of an innocent baby looking upon his strange features. Months pass. Erik has not yet worn the mask around the child. One day, he has to go and run some errands. He steps out of his room, wearing his signature hat, cloak, and of course, the mask.
The baby screams, runs away.
It takes Erik twenty minutes to convince the poor thing that daddy hasn’t been replaced by a masked imposter.