HELP- Clingy baby!

Mary - posted on 01/10/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My son is 10 months going on 11 and lately has been acting very very clingy. We've recently moved from a house to an apartment and if we put him down or leave the room he starts crying hysterically. Now that we live in a unit we have neighbours calling at our door for any amount of noise we make so I can't just leave him to "cry it out." He's been teething and we've been applying regular teething relief for him like Bonjella but I'm worried about his severe attatchment to us. He's also so hard to put to sleep because if he wakes up and we're not there he gets severely upset and will not be able to put down for an hour again. Is this normal? Any thoughts or suggestions?

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I would say it is quite normal. You've recently moved so it sounds like you son is feeling a little insecure. He is in a new place so doesn't feel as safe if you are out the room. I've found that whenever we are in a new place our youngest daughter is a little more unsettled. She is naturally clingy, but whenever she feels insecure she wants us to hold her. At night we try comfort her when she wakes up and put her back down. Also the teething on top of all that will make him more on edge. I would just keep reassuring him and give it time. Once he gets used to his new home it should get better. At night, do you have a little light on or is it completely dark? Our eldest girl used to need a little bit of light whenever she was in a new place. I hope this is helpful.

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Mary - posted on 01/12/2010

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Thanks ladies! I was so worried that he was acting strangely. We always leave the hallway light on so that light reaches his bedroom. Some nights I've had to sleep by his bedside. Thanks so much for your advice.

Ruth - posted on 01/11/2010

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9 to 10 months can also be a clingy stage for children. My daughter was very attached to me (and didn't like anyone else) for about 2 months at that age. She's grown out of it now (14 mo.), and at times prefers her daddy to me.

I do agree with Kunti, that being in a new place may be part of the problem. You may have all three stacked on top of each other--new place, teething, and the super-clingy stage. Teething should pass in a week or so, and the others may take longer, but he should move on eventually.

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