My 13 month old just got moved up to the toddler room in his daycare and now will not stop clinging or crying, it has been 3 days of this new behavior and I want my sweet little boy back...what can I do to make the transition easier on all of us?


Sharryn - posted on 02/24/2009




Hi Sheila,

My son did the same thing when this happened.   It passes.  It took my son about 3-4 months to get better.  I found that as long as he was in the arms of one of the careers when I left he was fine.  It was if he was on the floor that was the problem.


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Pam - posted on 02/25/2009




We went through this when we recently moved and started in a new daycare when she was 13 months. It lasted for about 2 weeks and she was back to her happy go lucky self. Just today I dropeed her off and as I was leaving she said "bye bye mommy" and waved to me and blew me a kiss. It will get better. Just be aware how you react as they respond to your reaction as well, if they see you concerned or upset it can be unsettling to them. If you appear that it is ok and all is well then he will sense that as well.

Erica - posted on 02/25/2009




as bad as it sounds could be early terrible twos? if not the best thing i would say is go in there with him when u first get there let him play and know u are near in case somthing happens? how much older are the other toddlers than him? we had something similer with our guy when he moved up in sunday school classes, hes 18 months. honestly the best thing i can say is see what u can do to help calm his fear about being around older toddlers instead of the babies, if he just got into the toddler area, then that means he went from oldest to youngest, that can be scary. good luck

Ami - posted on 02/24/2009





The first daycare my daughter went to it felt like she was moving rooms every 4 months. (actually i think she did)  Anyhow, I had the same problem with her.  For the first little while she was miserable, wouldn't eat and she was exhausted.  All I could do with her was to be patient with her and make sure she had at least one person in the room that she knew before I left her in the morning.  She came around just fine, it was always just a matter of time.  My daughter is 3 now and has been in daycare since she was 10 months.  To this day even just a slight change like having a different teacher for a day, I notice a mood change. 

Hang in there, it does get better.

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