When Your Baby Prefers One Parent

From time to time, you may find that your baby (or toddler) prefers one parent over the other—and if it’s not you, the rejection can hit hard. What may help is having the parent who isn’t getting all the love spend a little more time together with the baby. 

It’s important that both parents learn to be confident in their own style of parenting; and it’s OK to do it differently. Babies come to enjoy the differences and get comfortable with both.

Sometimes, too, children just go through phases where they reach out toward one parent more than the other. Give it time, and you may find the tables turned in another month or so.

Disclaimer: This page is not intended to provide medical advice about your child. Always seek the advice of a physician, qualified healthcare provider or child-development specialist with any questions you have about your child's health, medical condition or development. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you read here.

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