HOLD­ING OUT for mum

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Realadvice -

QOUR 12-WEEK-OLD DAUGH­TER HAS STARTED SCREAM­ING WHEN ANY­ONE OTHER THAN ME, IN­CLUD­ING HER DAD, PICKS HER UP. AS SOON AS I HOLD HER, SHE STOPS. WHAT CAN I DO?

AEARLY CHILD­HOOD HEALTH NURSE SHARON DON­ALD­SON SAYS: Your baby has learned to trust and recog­nise you as her main carer. This is a nor­mal part of her de­vel­op­ment, which gives her a se­cure base from which to learn about the world.

There will be times when she is un­sure of sit­u­a­tions and peo­ple, so she will turn to you as a safe pair of lov­ing arms. She’s too young to com­pre­hend that other peo­ple in her life are trust­wor­thy, and it will take time be­fore she’ll be will­ing to stay with them.

The more time she spends with other peo­ple, the more she will learn to trust them. How­ever, from five to six months on­wards she will de­velop sep­a­ra­tion anx­i­ety, and again this is a nor­mal part of her de­vel­op­ment. It peaks around nine months and con­tin­ues on into her sec­ond year of life. Lots of re­as­sur­ance and time with you will help her man­age th­ese feel­ings.

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