I am just wondering if this is normal – my 10 month old wont even let me leave the room without going hysterical. He will be in the walker and as soon as I leave the room for one second the screaming and crying starts. He sounds so distraught. When I’m in the same room he has so much space to play but he grabs onto my legs and wont let go. This my first baby – is this sort of behavior normal or does he have an extreme case of separation anxiety?

Posted by mom57665, 29th January 2015

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  • Yes my bubby has been doing this since about 9 months, now that hes walking he has literally the house to walk and so many toys that I can’t even count them. But all he wants to do is make his way to where i am and grab my legs he doesn’t let go. and as soon as i leave the room he comes searching for me it’s so cute. Don’t worry it’s only a stage.

  • Absolutely normal, and probably not the only time he’ll get clingy. Mine went through it at different stages when they were very little. My 2 1/3 year old has gotten more clingy lately, whereas not long ago she wanted rid of me so she could get up to as much mischief as possible!

  • What a clever guy. He has learnt that you still exist even from sight, and he misses his mumma.

    You need to let him know you are thinking of him too. As you walk away, play peekaboo – gradually spacing out the game, so he knows you will remember to come back. Talking from the next room helps too.

    It’s a normal phase, and by reassuring him now, you will help him move through the phase easily.

  • I mostly agree with everyone here, it’s a stage …it’s important if you’re not already, to socialise baby though so as he gets to the day care age – if you go there – the transition is easier =)

  • This is very common at this age as they are becoming so aware of everything around them. As others have said, it’s a stage that passes quickly.

  • first of all do not Worry! they can feel it!too
    some kids are more clingy than others it is true
    introduce other people and slowly get them you baby to hold
    with you in the room gradually if settled move slowly away be bold
    another thing while say putting groceries away,just keep talking to baby
    while he is a distance away, try not to be tempted to rush when or if cries
    but keep talking and you may get a nice surprise

  • Also; try not to worry too much! :)

  • This is stage it will pass, try hard just to get though this stage

  • Babies do go through phases; if concerned speak to a community nurse.

  • No that sounds normal to me. IT’s just a phase. Babies naturally want their mums and he is at the age now where he’s very aware that you have left the room and he doesn’t know enough to know you’re coming back.

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