How to cope with Momma stage?

Tracey - posted on 06/18/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My 8 month old daughter seems to be very attached to me. She doesn't have a fear of strangers but when she's alone with my husband and I, she's very insistent on getting my attention and not Dad's. Any suggestions?

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Savannah - posted on 06/18/2009

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My oldest son is 2 and he has always always been a momm's boy. Until he was 8 months old he wouldn't even let anyone else hold him. He's a little better with his dad now, but that was because I started insisting that dad do stuff with him. Give him baths once in a while and help get him ready for bed. Stuff that was just the two of them. It has helped but he is still my little buddy.

Shana - posted on 06/18/2009

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Because she is a girl she is starting to recognize you as a fellow female. My daughter is almost 2 and although she is fine with my husband since he takes care of her in the morning when I go to work, she still prefers me over him anytime I am around. She wants me to take her to the bathroom and change her diaper and feed her. My husband often complained that he felt dissed by her. As long as she is not scared of him and will spend time with him when she has to, there is nothing wrong. Eventually she will be able to point out why Daddy is different then Mommy and herself. She will want to copy you and not your husband in your roles around the house. This is all a normal part of gender identity.

Lysandra Lea - posted on 06/18/2009

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Try to give her more alone time with him. Maybe go do laundry or watch a movie in your room and let daddy hang out with her in her room and play. They never really grow out of this stage, my 16 month old still wants me around a lot. Also, if she goes to daycare she probably just misses you during the day and wants to spend time with you, thats how my little Ella is. So I squeeze her when we get home and play on the floor for a little bit then go about doing the things I need to do and she seems to be fine! Hope this helps!! =]

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