Seperation Anxiety???

Sarah-Jayne - posted on 09/10/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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So last night Leif, my 8 1/2 motnh old, REFUSED to sleep in his crib. This baby has slept alone in a crib or hospital bed since he was born, but last night evrytime I put him in his crib he would wake up and SCREAM for ever!! He literally had a hold of my shirt and wouldn't let go the entire night! He's also starting to freak out any time I leave a room or he cant see me, which is making it very hard on my babysitters and me... ADVICE???? can he even have seperation anxiety this young or is there maybe something going on i'm not seeing??

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Heidi - posted on 09/10/2009

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I went through that with my son when he was that age. You have to let him cry. When you go in there he knows that if he keeps crying eventually you will come. I know its hard, but you got to stick to your guns. Every night will get better until he won't cry anymore. You can also try some soft music and or a night light that helped me also.

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Amber - posted on 09/10/2009

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It sounds like there might be something going on at the daycare. Usually at that age the kids do tend to get a bit clingy to their moms. But usually when the mom leaves and you get the kids interested in something else the crying stops. How long has he been in daycare. How well do you know the daycare.

Jacklyn - posted on 09/10/2009

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I played pee pie with my son a lot at this stage. It let him know that even though he could not see me I was still there. we stil have the occasional cryin when I leave him to go to work, but the baby sitter takes him into another room and distracts him so I can leave. He now loves pee pie and doesn't scream when I walk into another room.

Jennifer - posted on 09/10/2009

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could it be teething pain.. have you tried some motrin before bed to see if it helps..he could be waking due to that and needing you more because he is feeling some pain. i also used a tshirt that smelled like me in my daughters crib and seperation anxiety did start sort of early.. I would also go into the room to reassure her w/o picking her up - just to let her know i was there.. gave binky and that sometimes put her back to sleep.. are you breastfeeding? i found that my daughter was more attached to me because of that as well. jenn

Jana - posted on 09/10/2009

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When my daughters were like that besides letting them cry which yes is good. I also would leave something of me with them. Like a small blanket i would sleep with for a night or two, or a tape of my voice. That way they felt like i was still around and not gone forever.

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