Stranger Anixety in 18 month old

Bernadette Van Der - posted on 03/24/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I have an 18 month little girl who from about 13 months developed stranger anixety. She cries, screams and get so upset the minute I go to hand her over to anyone in my family, my husbands family or our friends.

I am so lost with this as she has no problem going to her careers at day care every day. Does anyone out there have any ideas that can help with this. It kills me as a mum that my little girl doesn't want to go to her grand parents or aunty or uncles. I just want my little social butterfly back...

That and I would like a night out with my husband knowing that my little girl is happy being looked after by my parents..

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Lilla - posted on 04/02/2013

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My daughter and my niece was the same way. It was nice to watch them build relationships on their own terms! Neither of them likes to be touched much even now at 28 months and at almost 5, but they are happy to stay with family if I need to go out (and both love daycare).

Bernadette Van Der - posted on 03/24/2013

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Thans Sarah
Sometimes it is nice to know that you are not alone and I will try your advice in increasing her time with the family and always try to make sure she is the one that goes to them not them just picking her up, that just freakes her out

Sarah - posted on 03/24/2013

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My daughter is the same way only I stay home and do in home day care, so I am the the main care giver. As far as why she goes to the careers at daycare is that she seems them on a daily basis. They are familiar to her and she feels comfortable with them and also at the daycare. There are also many other kids their so sometimes that helps with kids being more comfortable. My daughter opened up to my daycare kids before grandparents and aunts and uncles. My daughter is 22 months old and they have only got to hold her only a handful of times. I would say the one thing that has helped is having them get down and play with her. Sometimes it is better if you are right beside her and other times I have found that if I am not in the room she is more willing to go to others. The more often she can see family the more they will seem familiar to her and if they sit down and just play with her and allowing her to come to them instead of them reaching for her it will come. For right now what I would maybe do for a night out is asking one of the careers at the daycare if they would like to babysit some evening.

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