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Unregistered 10-15-2018 02:58 PM

Clingy Child
 
I started watching a 12 month old about a month ago and she is so clingy. She will play with the other kids if Im right there but the second I need to do something else such as go in the kitchen (I have an open layout) or go wash my hands, help someone in the bathroom, she starts screaming. She just follows me screaming. Im really hoping she gets over this, I really want it to work but it makes it very difficult to tend to the other kids. How would you guys handle this?

Indoorvoice 10-15-2018 06:50 PM

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Originally Posted by Unregistered (Post 687248)
I started watching a 12 month old about a month ago and she is so clingy. She will play with the other kids if Im right there but the second I need to do something else such as go in the kitchen (I have an open layout) or go wash my hands, help someone in the bathroom, she starts screaming. She just follows me screaming. Im really hoping she gets over this, I really want it to work but it makes it very difficult to tend to the other kids. How would you guys handle this?

It's ok she has these feelings. Acknowledge, "wow you're really upset I can't be with you right now." but let her be. Those feelings are fine, but they don't need to intrude on yours. "you have big feelings about that!" is a common phrase of mine. It communicates that I care, but that I'm not alternating my schedule for their perceived schedule.

Ariana 10-16-2018 06:35 PM

This is part of the bonding process. Every 12 month old I have started reacted this way for the first few weeks. They will eventually get used to you and feel secure with you. The best thing to do is tell her you are going to be right back so I will say its ok Ariana has to help Lisa in the bahtroom I will be right back and then when you come back say see I came back I am right here, everything is ok and give her a little hug. She is in a new place and she is scared so when you leave she feels less secure in her surroundings. It is a good sign she is bonding with you!


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