Clingy little girl!!!

Emily - posted on 02/06/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )




Hello my name is emily i have a 2 year old son and a little girl nearly 10 months. My little girl is incredibly clingy and screams if im out of her sight. She is still in our bedroom at night !! I never had this with my little boy any suggestions cause i would love to get her in her own room as i have spent a long time making it lovely for her and its just waiting for her!


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Kayla - posted on 02/12/2009




I had the same problem with my 10 month old son. First I started out slowly, but I would try and seperste myself from him, by being in the same room, but letting my husband or mother play with him, or feed him, and try to break the clingyness. Then when he would nap in the day. I would let him fall asleep while I was holding him, then I would take him and put him in his crib while he was still asleep. I did this only during the day for about a week and a half. Then after that I started doing it at night. The first week he worke up alot crying, but then after a week he was totally fine with it, and all of a sudden started sleeping all the way through the night, better than he did when he was in our room. Hopes this helps..

Tracy - posted on 02/12/2009




Hi Emily, I have a 10 month old baby too and she is the same way when I leave the room.  But, she doesn't sleep in our room so I can understand your dilemma.  But when she naps, sometimes she cries when we leave.  She even wakes up in the middle of the night crying because she wants to be near me.  But I just wait a couple minutes (if I can tolerate it) and then go in and calm her down by rubbing her back and tucking her back in.

Maybe just try to get her used to going in her room for naps at first and when she cries, go in there and let her know you're nearby, but try to keep her in her crib or she'll never get used to it.  They say to do it while they're still young or else it'll get even harder.  Good luck! =)

Brooke - posted on 02/12/2009




My son Milo is extremely clingy to me, my daughter was not clingy at all.  We put him to bed in his crib but a few hours later he's screaming for me and I give in and take him into bed with us.  He's always been that way, it's not just a phase that most babies are going through right now- seperation anxiety.  He can be playing on the floor happily and then he'll start crying until I go sit down with him and play, or hold him.  It's usually the latter of the two, he loves for me to hold him.  

The way I see it, they will only be little once.  My daughter will be 16 on the 16th of this month and this last year, she decided that she wanted to live with her dad in Seattle and I barely see her, so that helps put things in perspective as well.  I know it's hard when there is laundry piling up, or dishes in the sink and all the other things that overwhelm us when they are being needy, but it won't last forever.  I am lucky, I have a husband who helps with both housework and with the baby.  It's still hard and sometimes I feel so exhausted, but he is such a joy and a blessing- they will only be babies once and as you can already see, it goes by extremely fast.  

Emily, she will love her room in time- you'll see!  You'll even find that you'll miss her when she finds her way and stays in her room.

Melissa - posted on 02/06/2009




I feel your pain too! My daughter is basically stuck to me the entire day. Sometimes she doesn't let me put her down after she has fallen asleep. She has been sleeping in bed with us recently and when she wakes up in the middle of the night she throws herself on me, so I guess you can say she is stuck to me then too. I nurse her as well so I don't know if that has anything to do with it either. I would love to hear some suggestions too.

Chrissy - posted on 02/06/2009




My boys were never clingy, either!! MY daughter is. I am nursing her, and didn't nurse the boys. I don't know if that has anything to do with it? She wants me at night too. I find myself falling asleep int he recliner with her, because I am so tired. I feel your pain. Let me know how it is going.


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