How do u stop a 6 month old from crying when u leave the room?

Jennifer - posted on 01/18/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My 6 month old son cries every time I leave the room. I am the only parent right now because his father is in the military. What are some suggestions that I would be able to do to try and get him to stop crying every time I leave the room? My 3 daughters never did that so I'm not too sure what to do. He also cries around people he knows from birth when they hold him. I don't know what happened to him.

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Heather - posted on 01/18/2010

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Mine cries sometimes when I leave the room and I just let him. He doesn't always do it, but if he's safe fed and changed I just him cry a while. He usually stops after a few minutes THEN I go get him. He's 4 months old now.

Amy - posted on 01/20/2010

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I played peek-a-boo with my son when he did that. It seemed to help most of the time and when it didn't I let him cry. It is hard to hear, but if I didn't I wouldn't have gone to the bathroom except once a day for like 2 months... Also, I have heard that sometimes babies go through a phase where they play favorites to who they will go to. Good luck! I hope it gets easier.

Bobbi - posted on 01/18/2010

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The best thing to do, is to show the child mommy comes right back. A wonderful book is called to Train up a Child. Its hard to let your baby cry, but if you know they are safe then let them for a minute or two.. Play peek a boo, they only need reasurance that you are coming back

Autumn - posted on 01/18/2010

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the simple fact is that some times babys just like to cry so let him. it could just be him not liking being alone. if he is anything like my son when he gets moble enough he will jump up and follow u..

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Amanda - posted on 01/27/2010

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It really sucks, but my daughter did this and started waking up several times a night once my hubby left for basic...I tried everything and the only thing that worked was letting her cry. After a bout a week of no sleep for either of us, she realized that I wasn't going to leave her too and crying got her nothing she settled down and things got a lot easier.

Shannon - posted on 01/27/2010

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Leave the room at different times, for different lengths of time, and come back and give him some love. He should, after awhile, be able to associate that Mom will go, then Mom will come back, and Mom will love on me. Hope this helps...it's something I used to do with my own little angel.

Rachel - posted on 01/27/2010

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I honestly have that same problem and for the same reason. My husband's in the Navy on the USS John C. Stennis. He's gone for awhile almost every month since we got here so Richie has a LOT of mommy time. With a lot of mommy time becomes dependence. He has to have me in his sight at all times or he cries. It's awful. I started cheating. I have a little baby rocker thing and when I go in the kitchen, I put him in it. When I go to the bathroom ad we're the only two home, I do the same. Just so he can see me and not scream his head off.

Marilou - posted on 01/25/2010

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When my son was still a baby and if I estimated the time to go too long to do household chores, I left my used cloth on top of his chest for him to smell of my odor to represent my presence and saw him free from harm or danger and he was full before I left him alone in the room.Sometimes, I let his pacifier to suck him or safe toys for his leisure time. Hope these things would suggest you. Just keep in touch. . . .

Aundraya - posted on 01/23/2010

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My daughter went through that after my husband left for basic. It's like she knows her Daddy left and she's afraid I will too. If you have any relatives close by, I would suggest leaving your son with them a few times a week. Start slow, only leave for 15-20 minutes then come back. Soon he should get used to it. Also evaluate the way you react when he cries. Do you rush to hold him, or do you give him a minute or two first? It's hard, but with my daughter I have to tell myself not to go pick her up. Usually I have to put her on the floor with some toys and sit with her for a few minutes. After she's good and distracted I quietly get up and walk away. Sometimes it works, but sometimes I get caught. I hope things get easier, and I hope those tricks work for you.

Karlee - posted on 01/23/2010

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I have had to deal with that, hell, I'm still dealing with that! And mine is now 2! But what I do is tell him that I love him and that I'll be back and then I just walk out. Sometimes I have to sneak out, but he's getting a lot better about freaking when I leave. Sooner or later he'll realize that his world isn't going to end when your not there! And that he's OK! Even Doctors will tell you that its ok for them to cry. Good-luck dear!

April - posted on 01/22/2010

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he misses his daddy, just like you do. i went through the exact same thing. i think the best thing to do is make sure he is safe, fed, ect, and let him cry a little. if you can put him in a play yard or bouncy seat, ect. and play with him for a little while, then start talking to him or singing a song. keep singing /talking and walk out of his line of sight. occaisionally come back and sit with him. make your time away longer and longer untill he gets used to it. but, like the other ladies said, he is a baby, he's going to cry. i promise it won't hurt him! good luck!

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