Although some babies don’t experience separation anxiety as intensely as others, almost every child goes through this stage at one point of the other. Once your baby masters the concept of object permanence, the notion that things exist if when you can’t see them, this is when separation anxiety is likely to set in. You may suddenly find your little one in tears every time that you leave the room. Your constant affection and attention will become a must have for baby, and this can put a lot of stress on the both of you. Fortunately, there are some simple tactics that you can try to help ease the pain of your baby’s separation anxiety.
One of the best things you can do to help your baby with separation anxiety is to minimize your separations. If your company is simply a must have for baby, then do what you can to bring baby along with you. If, for example, you need to go out the room to do a chore that baby won’t get in the way of, then it will do your baby good to come along as well. It won’t always be possible, but when you can, calm your baby’s anxieties by bringing him or her with you whenever you leave the room.
Choose Familiar Caregivers
If you’re a busy new parent that has work or other obligations to attend to, then taking your baby everywhere with you simply won’t be feasible. When you find yourself in this situation with a sad, frustrated baby on your hands, your best bet will be to choose a caregiver that your baby already has bonds with, such as a close family member. Although your baby still might be sad that you’ve gone away, it will be a great comfort to have someone close to him or her there. Over time, baby may grow very fond of your close friends or family members, and your attention 24/7 won’t be a must have for baby.
Give Baby Time to Get to Know New People
Sometimes, it won’t be possible for you or a close friend or relative to stay with your baby while you are away. If you have to choose a caregiver who is unfamiliar to your baby, don’t rush into things and simply leave baby alone with someone new. Quality time spent getting to know new people is a must have for baby, so you should take care to let baby spend some time with new caregivers before you leave him or her alone with them. That way, your little one is more likely to feel comfortable when you leave, and the symptoms of separation anxiety can be minimized.
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