My baby only likes me and cries for everyone else!

Amanda - posted on 08/14/2010 ( 19 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 4 months and for most of her life so far she only likes to be held by me, and recently she has accepted my husband. She will cry almost instantly at the sight of other people and in crowds. I feel bad because people think she's difficult, but she's not at all. At home she is easygoing and very happy. Anyone else have this same situation?

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Emma - posted on 08/17/2010

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i have a 4 month old daughter that used to be like that she would only let me my partner and my 7 year old son hold her but i soon got her out of it i just used to sit her on peoples knees and let her cry it out it worked cuz now she will sit with any of my family

Veronica - posted on 08/15/2010

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yes mines does the same thing except she'll be alright for a minute and then starts to cry, but also she acts real fussy for my family when they watch her but is fine with me. And they say the same thing about her like she's difficult or spoiled but they cant blame it on her like somethings wrong wit her shes jus a baby and how she feels she cant hold back she has no choice but to let it be known, I get mad when they say things like that about babies like they're doin it on purpose so I completely understand how you feel.

Nicole - posted on 08/15/2010

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my little girl is exactly the same she'll only let me or my husband or her nana hold her any one else forget it she bawls instantly shes ok with crowds but doesnt like loud situations they must get a bit clingy at this age i dont know people who've had kids would understand that shes not difficult!

Jamie - posted on 10/09/2010

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I have the exact same thing going on with my 5 month old son, he's okay with me and his nan and on the odd ocassion with this dad, he likes it when people come to visit but as soon as they try to hold him or even touch him, he starts to cry

Carine - posted on 08/25/2010

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Lol, I do! My son cries instantly when he sees strange faces or when he doesn't like a person (which turns out to be most people, even his grandmother!) I'm not sure why they do this, this was a very good post though!

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Heather - posted on 03/24/2014

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My daughter is almost seven months and we have this issue with everyone but me and my son. She even cries with her dad and I never seem to get a break. I would love some advice on how to cure this issue

Kristen - posted on 03/07/2013

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My daugher is 6 months old and exactly the same. I feel like everyone thinks she is so difficult but really she is super easy at home and very loving. It's only when she sees strangers (or even people she knows) and when in crowds that she cries and gets so upset. Also loud noises bother her. She jumps at everything! Today at the doctors she heard a baby crying and it made her look so scared and cry hysterical...I felt so bad and helpless. Please tell me it gets better??!! Any advice that can help me out??

Myriah - posted on 08/31/2010

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Well, my son doesn't do this to people in public, but when we have someone watch him. We have had my sister in law and my Dad watch him and he has crying spouts for like 30 minutes each time! I would suggest maybe giving her to people while standing right there and encourage her to say hi or smile and laugh..show her it is okay. I did this will my son asap and he is much more open to being held by his Dad and others. I hope that helps. :)

Carol - posted on 08/24/2010

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my daughter is the same way. When her daddy holds her she looks at me like i've done something wrong and she wants to start crying. My kds are in the early head start and their teacher asked to hold her and she started crying when she looked at me.

Jennifer - posted on 08/23/2010

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Wow!! I love the "Hello" and "Bye Bye" thing posted by another commentor. I will DEFINITELY start using this for my son. He has been okay but recently, I can see that dislike for other people besides his mommy and Daddy starting to peak out and I want to try and keep the separation anxiety thing as far down as I can.

Katie - posted on 08/23/2010

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My son is four months, and is definitely a mama's boy. He'll let other people hold him, he doesn't fuss or anything but if his daddy holds him to long, or if I'm not in the room he gives my hubby such a rough time.

Kate - posted on 08/23/2010

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same thing here, my LG also cries if anyone outside DH, DS and I hold her. she will also often cry if a stranger tries to talk to her / smile at her. she SCREAMS if MIL takes her... in a way I don't mind that she prefers her close family to everyone else. I think as long as I keep encouraging her, but also respecting her and don't try to force her before she's ready, then she'll get better with social situations. That's what we did with my DS who was exactly the same. :) now he's almost TOO friendly and will call Hello to complete strangers walking past our house!

Erin - posted on 08/20/2010

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My four month old daughter is doing the same thing! She is such a fun, sweet little girl but everyone else thinks she is fussy. It just started this week. I really believe it's because she has started teething. I feel kind of bad because not even my husband or Grandma and Grandpa can hold her if I am anywhere near.

Jessica - posted on 08/19/2010

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my daughter only wants me but she likes to look at other people .she just only wants me to tough her.shell go to daddy for about 5 minnutes a day but then she wants me back.but i love it this way im not complaining.i hope she stays this way

Bethany - posted on 08/18/2010

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I've been dealing with the same thing! Every time the MIL takes her, she starts crying. When I get her back she's all smiles.

Hellen - posted on 08/17/2010

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my son is almost 4 months and he likes everybody except one woman at Albertsons summerlin.he cries just by looking at her..i wonder why

Eliete - posted on 08/17/2010

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Yes, I am on the same situation... Some says its because I only breastfeed him... He likes to talk to anybody but if anyone try to hold him "the show start'...LOL I hope when he gets older he can became more sociable.

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My little boy Is stuck to me like glue. We have a schedule and he knows when we are supposed to go to bed. If I lay him down and go do something else while hes's asleep he will wake up and not fall asleep until I lay down with him no matter how tired he is and he's only 4 months old. He is okay with other people it's just sometimes in the day he only wants his Mommy. I enjoy it most of the time. Haha.

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