I have a 9 month old baby girl who is always wanting to be held, it interferes with my doing household chores & me taking care of my other 2 year old daughter. I love her dearly but shes too attached, no one wants to babysit for me cuz she will cry 5 mins after I am gone & keep crying. She refuses milk from a bottle & a sippy cup. Every time I hold her & put her down to play shes starts to fuss & cry. Sometimes I let her cry for a bit, but then I would feel like this bad mommy who wouldnt give her the attention she deserves! I am usually home alone with my two girls & my DH is working during the week. What kinda advice can you give me to help me establish some independence for my 9 month old baby?Answer Question
Answer by BradenIsMySon at 8:19 PM on Oct. 5, 2010
Answer by ceallaigh at 8:20 PM on Oct. 5, 2010
Answer by Fallaya at 8:22 PM on Oct. 5, 2010
Answer by silverelf at 8:23 PM on Oct. 5, 2010
This is prime separation anxiety age. You can't teach her to be more independent. She has a healthy attachment to you. Although it feels overwhelming at times she is not "too clingy".
What to do? Hold her and give her as much attention as you can. Before you know it she will be running away and you'll be complaining about having to chase after her LOL!
Tead this artcle from kellymom, it has lots of helpful tips on how to stay sane through this: Are you feeling overwhelmed by your child's intense needs?
"Older babies and toddlers can get really clingy at times. Sometimes it seems as if your child has been nursing all day (or all night), or has been clinging to your leg all day long (even when you go to the bathroom) and you really just need a break."
Answer by maggiemom2000 at 8:25 PM on Oct. 5, 2010
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