(Rocky Mount, NC, US)
I have a 8-month-old that cries whenever I put him down. As soon as I pick him up he stops. He is cutting his second tooth but does not seem to be in any pain and he did not do this when he was cutting his first tooth.
I make sure he stays fed and his diaper is change, but he still cries when he’s not being held. What am I doing wrong? Is there something I can do to make him happy again?Baby Help Line:
Cranky Baby At 8 Months – Normal But Exhausting!
You’re not doing anything wrong; you’re just having a normal 8 months old baby!
Separation anxiety, which is what your son is going through, is a normal development phase, so actually you should be glad that it is happening. I know it can be quite exhausting, but it will pass – and studies indicate that babies that are being held and carried a lot during this period actually geet through the stage faster. I guess they simply get the security they need to take the next step.
So carry him and do all you can to give him the closeness that he needs right now. And take turn with your spouse, mom, sister or whoever that he is safe with, so that it doesn’t drive you insane! If you can put him in a carrier or back pack and just let him tag along while you do you tasks, you will have a much happier child. Also try to get down on the floor and play with him as much as possible to help him feel comfortable also when not in your arms. You can find suggestions on games to play with an 8-month-old here.
In this video clip, youcan see the typical reaction caused by separation anxiety in a baby or young toddler. No toys or hugs from strangers will do, but when dad comes back the child is soothed within a second! So you see, it is all a normal process or development and bonding.
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