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Seperation anxiety in a child, how do you stop or break a 7 month old of it?

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Asked by tashadawn24 at 7:32 PM on Jul. 19, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • You can't "break" them of it. This problem will come and go for years and is a sign that they love you.

    The biggest rule: NEVER sneak out. When you sneak out, you don't have to see her tears and panic when she discovers you are gone but they happen all the same. It also reinforces her belief that you are unreliable and will disappear any time she isn't in your arms.

    When you leave her somewhere, tell her to have fun, that you love her, and that you'll be back soon. Then quickly leave.

    When you come back, take a few minutes to reconnect. Ask her if she had fun. When she's older, ask her to show you something she played with. Let her know that she matters and you are glad to be back with her. Don't just grab her and race off to the car.

    At home, when you leave her in the living room while you grab a glass of water, keep talking to her. Tell her what you are doing and that you will be right back.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 7:44 PM on Jul. 19, 2008

  • From everything I've learned in Early Childhood Ed. This is completly normal at this stage of your child's life(and it usually does start anywhere from 5-7 months). They have figured out that you are their "person" so to speak and that you actually leave their sight. It's not a habit that you need to try to break. It may be a hassle for you but it is just natural. You may look up something on ages and stages on the internet to help you understand what your child is going through right now. Just try to keep a positive attitude =)

    Answer by ReneeLRS at 7:47 PM on Jul. 19, 2008

  • I know it sounds silly- but play peek a boo with your baby. Go behind a closed door, and pop out and say peek a boo. That way your child will figure out that you are really there, and you will always come back. Plus you may even be able to pee in peace...

    Answer by taracv at 4:59 AM on Jul. 20, 2008

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