No, Really, It’s OK for Your Baby to Bond with Other Adults
Now that your baby is growing socially and emotionally, you might see the first signs of separation anxiety popping up. While some babies are perfectly content no matter what you do (Some moms have all the luck, and it’s okay to hate those moms. Kidding!), others lose their minds at the mere thought of losing you, even for a minute. If baby cries uncontrollably when you leave the room and you’ve ruled out other possible reasons he could be upset, chances are, you’ve landed yourself one of the latter.
The good news is, you can shove the mom guilt when it comes to leaving. Short periods of separation are actually beneficial for both you and baby. Not only will you get some much-needed time away, but also your baby will learn to bond with and trust other adults. And while it’s understandable to always want him to be a mama’s boy (or girl), this is actually good for his social and emotional development. Really. It is.
You might also notice some big brains on baby this week. That’s because he’s learning to be more cautious in his environment, recognizing that attempting to throw himself off the side of the couch or down the steps might actually result in injury. But this doesn’t mean you can totally slack off on supervision! He still needs you to help teach him about potential dangers and to prevent him from getting seriously hurt. The two of you have plenty of scrapes and bruises to contend with during the remainder of his childhood. No need to get a jump start on that now.