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Behavior
Parenting a toddler can be challenging, to say the least. From the depths of separation anxiety to the joys of learning new words, this can be an anxious and exciting time. Finding the perfect balance of showing love and enforcing boundaries will result in your toddler's ability to thrive.
Bonding
Every age is a great age, but the time your child is a toddler is special. This is the age he learns to walk, he learns to talk, and he begins to explore the world around him. You're all sure to have a great time watching him interact with the world around him. Enjoy!
Nutrition
Notably, many toddlers take a dive in the quality of their nutrition after introduced to finger foods. Many toddlers today are consuming high sugar juices and high fat, low nutrition foods. Find out how to get your toddler the vitamins and minerals he needs to thrive.
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Toddlers love to play, especially with their mommies! You're their favorite playmate, because you're their favorite person. So go outside, or get down on the floor and play with your toddler. The memories you create will last forever.
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Safety
Keeping our children safe is top priority of moms everwhere. Yet, sometimes it is difficult to know what resources are out there to help us accomplish our goals.
Toddler’s Health
Now that your toddler is mobile, it is sometimes harder to gauge his colds, viruses, and the seriousness of injuries. He is often too busy to notice. Luckily by now, you know your child well enough to determine when he's ready for a time out.
 
 
Toddler Behavior: Separation Anxiety


What is Separation Anxiety?

Separation anxiety is related to the developmental stage of object permanence. When an object or person is in the child’s sight and then disappears, your baby remembers the object and person. This is object permanence. Your baby learns that a person, like his mommy, can disappear. Unfortunately, your baby does not realize that you are just gone momentarily. He thinks you have disappeared out of existence. Eventually he does learn that although you have disappeared from view, you haven’t been wiped off the face of the planet.

Who gets Separation Anxiety?

Older babies and toddlers frequently experience separation anxiety, although it is possible in preschoolers and school age children as well. The degree your baby experiences separation anxiety is related to his personality, genetics, and his environment. If a baby has anxious parents, chances are he will experience more separation anxiety than a baby with laid back parents.

Separation anxiety can start at 6-9 months, and can last through early toddlerhood. It typically comes in two waves, but the waves can blend. The first wave comes when baby understands the concept of object permanence. Your baby has just distinguished himself as a separate person, and has learned to remember important people in his life, like his mom and dad. When mom and dad leave, he panics because he thinks they have disappeared.

Your baby will most likely go through a second wave of separation anxiety in toddlerhood, before he develops his language skills. This is brought on by frustration with communication and insecurity.

What can a parent do to alleviate Separation Anxiety?

Teach your child that even though objects and people may be out of site, they still exist and will come back. With babies, play a game of peek-a-boo with your face and with objects under a cloth.

With a toddler, play a game of hide and seek. After getting his attention, tell your baby to come find you and hide in an easily found place.

Also, try not to appear anxious in front of your child when you are leaving him. Children feed on their parents’ and caregivers’ emotions. When you seem upset or anxious, this will make him even more upset.

When leaving your child in someone else’s care or in bed at sleepy time, give him a kiss and say “Bye-Bye” or “Good night”. Let him know that although you are leaving, you will come back.

Although it may be tempting to sneak out of the room, eventually he will know you have left him. If he sees you one minute and you are gone the next, this brings a feeling of insecurity. Many babies think their mommies have disappeared into thin air. Think how terrifying that would be to them. Also, if you sneak out often, your child may lose trust in your presence. He may follow you everywhere you go, just to make sure you don’t leave him again.

Separation anxiety is a very common stage in babies and toddlers. Keep your cool and be consistent, and you’ll get through this one fine.

 

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