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Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety is a normal emotional stage that begins when babies understand that things and people still exist even when they are not present.  

Babies react when you leave or are about to leave. It’s a sign that they are attached to you and are showing their distress when you are not there.

It can begin as early as six or seven months for some babies, but usually peaks between 10 and 18 months.

All parents have to leave their children for some periods of time, for example for work, appointments and for self-care. Separation anxiety can be made easier if you leave your child with people she already knows or she has some time to get to know the caregiver while you are around.

You can help separation anxiety get better over time when you establish a goodbye routine of giving your child hugs and kisses when leaving and reassuring her that you’ll be back. Be careful not to prolong the good bye or sneak away, it confuses the baby and makes it harder for her to relax and adjust.


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Updated Jun 3, 2015