He always cried when I put him down as a newborn but he got over it and has been playing on his own for hours at a time with no fuss. Now all of a sudden he goes for maybe 5 minutes before he fusses but he's fine once I pick him up and carry him around. He's too big and I'm too small for a sling or baby carrier. Why all of a sudden?Answer Question
Asked by Anonymous at 12:06 PM on Jan. 31, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)
Your child is approaching the age of separation anxiety, which is just a normal part of child development. He is now more aware and with that comes more fear. He is also figuring out how things work, basic cause and effect, and learning that if he cries he will be picked up. My suggestion to you is to talk to him when you're not holding him, to let him know you are still there for him. Also do not pick him up for every fuss or whine, but encourage him to entertain himself a bit, with a baby gym or other toys. You could also try giving him a comfort object, such as a small blanket that you have slept with or held that has your scent on it. I know some hold the philosophy that babies should be held whenever they want to be, but it is my opinion that if this was the way we were meant to parent, then we'd have pouches like kangaroos.
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