1 year old clingy issues

Jezi - posted on 06/03/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Goin thru a difficult clingy phase with my lil homie and don't know what to do. If I don't hold her constantly she screams, throws herself on the floor and has an all-out tantrum. Just now she was bangin her head against the desk and crying. I hold her as much as I can but sometimes she needs to be a little independent. If I try to ignore her and not cave to her she only cries louder and if I tell her "time out" and put her in her crib to cry it out she just takes a nap. What do I do?

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Crystal - posted on 06/11/2010

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I actually heard that baby's go through a mommy stage. Jade went through two. They suck. I honestly just ignore her, I don't hold her, I just ignore her. or I sit on the couch and she will sit with me. the stages didnt last long. but it can be frustrating. Also try to schedule more play dates that way she can play with other kids more and she wont "need" you that badly. this can help her ease out of the phase too. Good Luck!!

Kristin - posted on 06/03/2010

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Be upbeat and confident and do what you need to do. She will gain confidence in both you and herself. You can speed things along by playing games that develop object permanence for her/them. Hide a toy under a blanket or behind a door and have her find it. Peek-a-boo works too.



As for the tantrums, do not give in. She is also testing you. If you need to get something done, tell her about how long and set a timer for her. Finished or not, see to her when it goes off. She will see that you will always come back even if you can't help her this very second. A special toy just for when you need to get something done helps too.



If she's taking a nap, then she was probably tired anyway. Don't sweat it, she's safe there even if it sounds heartbreaking.

Ashley - posted on 06/03/2010

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My little man is going through the same thing! Separation anxiety is what it is called and as much as it sucks this too shall pass and one day you will miss your little one wanting to be held by mommy!! My Daughter (whom is 5 now) had it really bad too, all I could do (now and then) is try to distract with something and make a quiet exit. Sometimes the little man will cry for a min or so when he figures out I am gone, but most of the time will distract himself again given a min to get over the upset of me leaving the room

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