It is natural for babies to cling to their moms. Unfortunately, it is not possible for mothers to stay with their babies throughout the day. It is heartbreaking for moms to see their little ones cry and wail to see their moms leave home. Sometimes parents are unsure how to deal with the separation anxiety of babies and toddlers. Nonetheless, parents can help the children overcome the separation anxiety through simple techniques.
Separation anxiety usually develops after the child is two years old. However, 9-month-old babies can also develop separation anxiety. From this age, the child becomes curious about everything around him. The child wants to know where you are going, and why you are keeping the child back at home.
Boost the child’s security
It is essential for both the child’s safety and the parents’ peace of mind to arrange for the child’s security when they leave home. You should arrange for a responsible babysitter or a nanny for the child. Instead of leaving your child with the nanny all of a sudden, spend few days with your child and the caregiver. In your presence, your child can easily accept the presence of the nanny. Your child will realize that this stranger could be trusted.
Reduce time of separation
Initially, keep the periods of separation short. Separation for long periods would increase your child’s anxiety further. Always try to return home at the promised time. This helps to boost your child’s confidence and it reduces his anxiety.
Tell your child where you are going
Tell your child why you should leave home. Promise your child that you will be back soon. Assure the child that in your absence the nanny will take good care of him.
Goodbyes are always tearful for both the parents and the toddlers experiencing separation anxiety. Despite the tears, you should always tell your child before you leave home. If you leave home without telling your child, he might become more upset.
Engage your child in a task
Try to keep your child engaged in something exciting when you are away from home. Ask your child to paint pictures or play with toys.