Amy - posted on 08/08/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )
It's been very hard to get my almost eight-month-old son to play contentedly on the floor by himself from the very beginning. However, over time I have been trying to get him used to it, starting with just 5 minutes of floor time/independent play. Recently, it seems like he'll do it--for other people. He seems to play well by himself at daycare, where he goes two days a week. He also plays well when my husband is sitting next to him. However, if I come anywhere close to him, he'll start fussing and wanting to be picked up. Also, if I'm holding him and I try to put him down, he'll cry because he just wants to be held. Is this a form of separation anxiety? He doesn't really cry when he goes from my arms to someone else's arms, and he doesn't cry when I leave the room if someone is holding him. Is this something that will pass? Or should I try actively to get him used to being on the floor by himself even when I'm around?