Separation Anxiety

Jamilla - posted on 10/29/2008 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Help! My baby is suffering from some serious separation. It's to the point where he won't nap anymore without me near. He'll periodically open his eyes to make sure I'm still there! I'm a full time nursing student and this issue is severely cutting into my study time. Any suggestions on how to get him to endure his father, who helps as much as the baby will let him?

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Jamea - posted on 11/03/2008

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my sister in-law uses this white noise machine that really helps her baby sleep in the crib or you can just turn a radio to a fuzzy radio station but not too loud and that might help, it gives them the feeling of being in the womb also try and put one of your shirts in the crib with him. what i did with my husband to get my daughter to want to be with him more is i just left the room and had him sooth her and no matter how much she cried i just stayed out and each time we did it it got better and better with less crying, having some soothing music on in the background helped a lot too, but now she doesnt cry at all and she loves her play time with daddy!

Jamilla - posted on 11/03/2008

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The picture in the crib is a great idea. And funny! I think I will try that. Thanks to everyone for the great suggestions.

Crystal - posted on 11/02/2008

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my daughter never actually went through this and i'm thinking that was because she was in daycare at my school from the time she was 2 months old. However I'm starting to see it in my son. I take him to my moms so that my daughter and I can go for supper and a movie sometimes and he's fine when I drop him off and he's fine while I'm gone but as soon as he sees me when I come back he's whiny and HAS to be in my arms.

As for your sons napping without you near a friend of mine actually had this problem and she had to put a picture of herself (8X10) on the wall at eye level of him laying down in his crib so that he could see her if he woke up. He eventually didn't wake up to see if she was there anymore. I don't know if this will help or not but there is no harm in trying right?

Larissa - posted on 11/01/2008

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my daughter did that for about 2 mnths, she wouldn't even let her dad pick her up if i was still standing right there....there isn't really alot u can do about it other than either walk away and force him to bond with others during your work hours, or suck it up and hope that it passes. my daughter is nopw so over it, when i drop her off at daycare she doesn't even look back any more.

DeeAnn - posted on 10/30/2008

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Try to give him something to sleep with that has your scent on it (a teeshirt or pillowcase would work). I have never tried this but my girlfriend has three kids and this has helped her babies when she has had to leave them to travel.

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