Amy - posted on 11/20/2010 ( 1 mom has responded )
My daughter is 8 months old and has started having separation anxiety at night. Up until this past week if she didn't fall asleep while nursing I would be able to put her in her crib with a blankie and she would fall asleep on her own without any problems. Starting within the last week she seems to be suffering from separation anxiety, when I put her in the crib and walk out of the room she starts crying and not a I'm tired cry she full fledge cries! As soon as I walk back into the room she stops crying. I usually let her cry for a couple of minutes and then I go back in rock her for a couple of minutes, fix her blanket, give her the binkie and put her back in the crib but as soon as I start walking to the door she starts crying. Tonight I repeated the process for an hour when she finally fell asleep while rocking her. I have a 4 year old that I need to get to bed too so it's taking a toll on me because once the kids get to sleep it's my time to myself since I am a full-time working mom, my husband can't help with the night time routine because he works nights. Also she doesn't get upset when I leave for work during the day because she's with her father.
I am looking for suggestions on how to ease the separation anxiety at night for my little one or to help her understand that mommy will be back. I am not looking to make this about crying it out.