At some time, the one to one period with your baby will end and you will have to share them with someone else. If you find that you are a bit anxious about this, it is no wonder that your baby may not be too happy about it either. It’s not unusual for clingy behaviour to start at around nine months when your baby reaches the stage of understanding that there are different people around who are not all familiar people to them.
It can be quite difficult not to be a bit impatient with a baby who won’t go to someone else, even for a short while, when enticing them with baby gifts and toys does not seem to work. However, patience is what is needed, so that you can give your baby the reassurance they need, that it is only for a few minutes, that you still love them and that you will soon be back.
As your baby has the experience of being away from you and then coming back, they gradually learn through repetition what is happening. Eventually they will know from the outset that you will be returning and they don’t need to worry about it.
It’s not always easy to get to this stage and all babies vary, with some taking much longer than others to get there, but if you can stay patient and optimistic, you will get there in the end.