Separation Anxiety- How You Can Help Parents Cope
Baby separation anxiety can be tough
not only on parents, but on you, the provider as well. Parent’s feel like they are abandoning their
child as it screams and you dread having to practically rip the baby away from
their arms. Ugh.
Don't worry- it doesn’t last forever
and believe it-or-not infant separation anxiety is not always a bad thing. I is a Newborn developmental phase.
Here are some things you need to
know and can share with the parents:
- It is normal! And even though it doesn’t seem or feel like
it, it is a NORMAL developmental stage. It shows the parents that their baby
has created a healthy bond and a loving attachment with them. Their baby feels
comfortable in the world the parents have made for them and they don’t like
anything or anyone that makes their world uncomfortable. The baby is developing
intellectually by associating pleasure, comfort and security in their presence!
Most babies experience baby separation anxiety between the ages of seven and 18
months. It’s not because the parents have “spoiled” them or been
over-protective. Most children experience this at one time or another!
the parents also know that:
- Their baby may be experiencing infant separation
anxiety when they become really clingy, (like when they drop them off in
your daycare home), the baby will cry when they leave the room, or they
seem to be afraid of strangers- even people they see occasionally.
- They can help their baby by playing simple games like
peek-a-boo and hide and seek. The baby will see that mommy and daddy
aren’t leaving them and they do come back!
Hard as this may be, ask the parents NOT to sneak out
the door without saying goodbye to their baby. Parents should tell the
baby “Mommy is leaving for work and will come and get you later!” As hard
as it can be for mommy to go, she needs to do it sooner than later, and
not prolong the goodbye or be crying and nervous about leaving the baby
time the parents will see that
their baby will learn that they can separate from them, that they will
return, and that everything will be okay. Their baby is learning to trust them and
their anxiety will fade away.
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