- Start with short separations, leaving your child with someone they know while you nip out for a few minutes.
- Try turning it into a game like peek-a-boo.
- Give your child a scarf, burping cloth, or toy with your scent on while you’re away.
- Talk about what you’ll do together later.
- Make goodbyes positive. Your child can pick up on your anxiety or distress.
- A positive goodbye followed by a happy reunion can be an important life lesson.
- Don’t leave your child when they’re hungry, tired or feeling unwell, or any time you feel they genuinely need you there.
- Ask your healthcare provider for advice on separation anxiety if your child continues to be distressed when left with others.
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