There is nothing worse than having to leave your little one and seeing them upset that you are going away. Avery is just now hitting the stage of major separation anxiety. I leave a room for one second and it’s like her world is coming to and end.
Separation anxiety is very common for babies and is a natural part of their development. I went through it with my oldest daughter, Harlan, about the same age as Avery is now. The only difficult part with Harlan was that I had to go to work everyday and leave her at daycare. Although she had been going to the daycare since she was 12 weeks old, it didn’t make it any easier. Leaving her crying did not make for a pleasant drive to work.
Although I don’t leave Avery as often, there are times when I do have to leave her with someone else. It’s during those times that I carefully and strategically plan how to make the process easier on both of us. I don’t want to leave her very upset only because it will make me feel horrible and guilty for leaving her and then we will both be unhappy.
Over the years of dealing with separation anxiety with both of my children, I have found things that have made the process easier on both baby and mom. Check out my tips below!
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