clingy 7month old

Allie - posted on 03/09/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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my baby girl has just started crying when i leave the room and other people are in the room. when it is just her and i she is happy as. what is this about and what do i do about it.

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It's probably separation anxiety and stranger anxiety. I often try to play peekaboo with my daughter as I'm leaving a room and as for strangers I just let her hang out around people for a while before I let anyone hold her, she doesn't see my mother-in-law too much so this works well when she comes over. Also i never just hand to to someone and take off (except dad). My mom visits twice a week but Beatrix still looks at me funny when her Nana takes her. Just be cautious, good luck.

Katie - posted on 03/10/2009

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when my son went through this, i would intentionally leave his lign of sight but continue talking to him to assure him that im not just leaving. as soon as he calmed down i would b back. they just have to learn that you ARE coming back. it may take time, but it is important for them to know that when you leave, you will return. and the only way to teach them this is practice...  good luck

Krystal - posted on 03/09/2009

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for the first 6 months of my daughter life she wanted noone but me. she wouldn't even go to her Daddy! for the next 6 months she would only go to a very few select people. Once she learned how to walk she became much more independent.



hang in there! she (and you!) will get through it!

Heather - posted on 03/09/2009

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Yep, it's seperation anxiety! This usually happens 8-10mos. and can last till past 12mos. She can't understand that when you leave the room you will come back or that you even still exisit. So for now if you must leave her tell her you'll be right back and talk to her from the other room so she knows your still there. It's hard but it's true it's a phase and will pass, some things that may help are a lovey or something that comforts her. If you have to leave her to go somewhere then evn a picture of you left with her can help and who ever is taking care her to talk often about you and that you will be back.

Hope this helps you! Oh and by the way at about 18mo it's happens again but less severe!

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My daughter started that when she was about 6 months old.  Mine got a little bit of stranger anxiety,  but she got over that after a few weeks.  There are things I simply had to leave her in the room herself for me to do.  Feeding the horses.. can't carry feed AND a baby plus the horses get a bit aggressive over the food.  Things like that.  Maybe socialize her some more and see if that helps.

Mary - posted on 03/09/2009

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My 7 month old son Jayden started this  around 3 weeks ago...His is 7 months old too.  I was told that he is at the stage where they go through seperation anxiety.  Jayden is usualy fine if me, Jamie (dad), or his grandmother is in the same room with him but if we try to leave the room to go to the bathroom or get a drink or to do whatever he cries up a storm.  He also started crying when people he doesn't know try to hold him....he used to not care who was holding him as long as they made funny noises for him, lol. 



I pretty much have to move him room to room with me if I am home alone with him.  He has an exersaucer in the living room and in the kitchen, lol.  If I try and leave him in his exersaucer in the living room and try to do the dishes he has a fit....it doesn't matter that our kitchen and living room are so close that I just have to take a step or to away from the sink to see him....he has to be able to see me all the time. 



Everyone keeps telling me it is just a phase that they grow out of so for now he tags along behind me alot, lol

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