Clingy 13month old?

Paige - posted on 03/23/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My 13 month old has suddenly become extremely clingy, to the point that if i put her down after picking her up or walk out of the room she suddenly bursts into tears and screams as though she has badly hurt herself. I dont know what to do, I cant even go to the toilet without her having a break down! Is this a normal faze? She is fine once i pick her up again and she loves other people, its so strange!

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Paige - posted on 03/24/2010

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I dont pick her up to much. She doesnt cry to be picked up. She will come over to me, sit on the couch and then if i get up, put her on the floor she will scream. She can walk, there is no need to carry her everywhere!

Thank you for the other advice though. But maybe you should just acuse someone of something, you should ask if you carry her often.

Kate - posted on 03/24/2010

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this is beause you pick her up too much, i know its nice to have cuddles but she needs to know she is ok on her own. next time she cries to be picked up tell her to STOP CRYING, then tell her I WILL PICK YOU UP WHEN YOU HAVE STOPPED. i know its hard 2 hear your baby cry but you have to be cruel to be kind. when she has calmed the crying down you need to try the WAIT A MINUTE SWEETHEART, they will probably cry 4 awhile but thats when you use the first technique. make her wait at least 5 minutes before you pick her up. it will be hard and take sometime but trust me it works. i had to do it with my youngest who is now 2. she now loves playing with her toys while i do the housework, she also still loves her cuddles but its a good balance of both. GOOD LUCK AND DONT GIVE UP! x

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