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Separation Anxiety in Babies

Author GreatDad Writers
Submitted 21-03-2007

You may think that babies are too small to even understand separation from their mother or parents. However, that is not true. A baby is acutely aware when mom and dad leave.
Separation anxiety can leave the baby depressed and frustrated making him cranky, noisy, and maybe even suddenly aggressive.

Though separation anxiety is usually felt when there is actual physical separation, major changes in dependence can also make your baby feel uneasy.  Here are two situations when your baby may experience separation anxiety, even though you are still nearby:

  •  Introduction to solid food:  Losing the closeness o of breastfeeding can make your baby long for the physical attachment to mommy.
  • Starting to crawl: while crawling means new joys of independence, babies can also feel uncomfortable about how easy it is to separate from mommy.

Here are some tips to help you and your baby overcome separation anxiety:

  • Be empathetic: Understand that babies have no concept of time, so that any separation is as painful as a long disappearance.  This is hard to understand as an adult.
  • Be loving: Show your love for your baby frequently to give him or her the emotional support that he needs to cope with the separation.
  • Introduce a caring baby-sitter: .Make sure you spend time with the baby and babysitter before leaving so your baby feels comfortable. When you leave, leave quickly to decrease the pain of the departure.