HOLDING OUT for mum
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.