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I’m not psychic, but I have a prediction. If your baby goes to daycare, chances are that one day, you’ll suddenly get a lot of protests and crying at drop-off – right around the time your baby starts to crawl.
How can I be so certain? Scientists who study infants have discovered that a baby on the go tends to become a clingy baby. All that crawling around makes baby scared to lose track of you.
It’s hard to leave a crying baby. But this is a common phase that usually improves over a few weeks or months. And despite the tears, most babies settle down in daycare within five minutes of your leaving. Babies who are well cared-for don’t suffer as a result.
Daycare is there to help with your work schedule, but it’s also there for “me time.” As long as baby’s daycare is safe and loving, you should take time to exercise, be with your partner and friends, or even take a nap. Doctor’s orders: Taking care of yourself is healthy for you, your baby, and the whole family.
My tips for making it through this clingy stage:
And finally, fast-forward in your mind 10 or 15 years from now. When our babies are teens, I bet WE will be the ones clinging to them! So let’s enjoy this time while we can.
What works for YOUR clingy baby? Share your tips!