Babies and Separation Anxiety

Your baby is becoming more aware of the comings and goings of people he or she loves, and those familiar to him.

If it hasn’t happened already, over the next few months, your little one may start to be uncomfortable with strangers and get upset when you leave, even if you’re just temporarily leaving the room.

It’s all a normal part of emotional development and increased awareness. Expect that, during this separation anxiety phase (which can start anytime from 6 to 9 months of age and continue into the toddler years), leaving your baby at childcare or with a sitter may make him unhappy. So might having a stranger pick him up and flash a smile his way.

Alert your friends and family (especially grandparents) that they may need to interact with your baby more gradually than before. They shouldn’t feel hurt if he refuses to be held by anyone except Mom, Dad or his regular babysitter for a while. This stage, like all others, will pass.

See also ...

•  Surviving the separation anxiety phase

•  Separation anxiety: How long it lasts; helpful tips

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