I know my baby is at the age for the beginning of separation anxiety.. it's natural for him to want to be super glued to my side since i'm the one he spends the majority of his time with.. so what did i do to gently ease him towards more independence?? of coz not by scolding at him.. sometimes geram jugak, but then what to do.. he's still a baby, still learning and the most important thing is he wanna feel safe and secured.. and where he can get all of that?? of coz, thru his parents, the one that he can rely on, all the time.. :)
I didn't push him away everytime he cries.. if not, the harder i push, the more he'll cling.. if i want him to begin to play by himself, i'll start by having him on my lap or sit beside him and engage him in a toy or activity.. then, i move myself away, just a few inches and sit quietly and watch him playing.. if he seems comfortable, then i move myself a bit further away.. i'll return to his side if he shows any sign of anxiety.. eventually, i'll be able to move an entire room away for brief periods!!
But sometimes when i wanna do my laundry or prepare my lunch, i'll put him in his bumbo in front of me.. he'll watch me doing all the houseworks and sometimes wanna help me too.. haha.. of coz helping me by doing all the mess.. it's ok baby.. u can help me when u're big enuf.. hehe..
Love u baby.. mmmuuuaahhhhsss~