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He cries when we/they leave. Bad Things 1 child; Blacksburg, SC, United States 18106 posts
status 11th Feb '13

My 16 month old is going through stranger anxiety right now.



He is shy and closes his eyes when new people come over or we go to one of my friend's houses. Eventually, he eases up a bit and relaxes. However, when the person leaves my house or we start walking out my friend's house, he starts screaming bloody murder and goes hysterical. He is okay after a couple minutes or when he gets buckled in the car seat.



Does anyone know why he does this or have had a toddler that did the same thing?

taking a look at life Palm beach gardens, FL, United States 49151 posts
11th Feb '13

yes it a stage.... My 3 yr old still does it because i was a SAHM and now i go to school 2x's a week my baby SCREAMS the whole time.... I bought her a toy for at the baby sitters house even tho it was a lot and she is only there 1x a week i'm trying to make it easier on my sitter since when mine are there its 3 kids to 1 adult.... Her sisters there but only helps a little bit.

Summerfrost 51 kids; Massachusetts 6830 posts
11th Feb '13

It's very normal for that to happen around that age. :) I remember my oldest son crying when the pediatrician left the room around that age. Obviously personality plays a roll too. There isn't much you can do to make it better. They do eventually grow out of it.

Ellie Goulding 1 child; London, --, United Kingdom 4742 posts
11th Feb '13

Sounds like he is having difficulty coping with transitions. Pretty normal for that age.

Bad Things 1 child; Blacksburg, SC, United States 18106 posts
status 11th Feb '13

Thanks everyone. Glad it sounds like just a phase.



He is with me 24/7 so it may be just the transition.

ℕightingale 1 child; Mississippi 7954 posts
status 11th Feb '13

Normal DD does that she's 17 months.

ρiηkie ρie 3 kids; 3 angel babies; Kentucky 21902 posts
11th Feb '13

DD was the same way around that age. It was especially bad when one of us would leave her. It lasted a couple months and hasn't been a problem since.

Bad Things 1 child; Blacksburg, SC, United States 18106 posts
status 11th Feb '13
Quoting Derpy the Duck:" DD was the same way around that age. It was especially bad when one of us would leave her. It lasted a couple months and hasn't been a problem since. "


Oh, good. Hopefully he will get over it that quick. lol.

Sarah2705 1 child; Los Angeles, California 735 posts
11th Feb '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Click Me Click Me!!!:</b>" yes it a stage.... My 3 yr old still does it because i was a SAHM and now i go to school 2x's a week ... [snip!] ... make it easier on my sitter since when mine are there its 3 kids to 1 adult.... Her sisters there but only helps a little bit."</blockquote>




So the baby cries literally the whole time? Dd (21 months) is going with a sitter for the first time ever tomorrow and m terrified she will cry the whole time, her stranger anxiety is through the roof :(

Summerfrost 51 kids; Massachusetts 6830 posts
11th Feb '13
Quoting Sarah2705:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Click Me Click Me!!!:</b>" yes it a stage.... My 3 yr old still ... [snip!] ... for the first time ever tomorrow and m terrified she will cry the whole time, her stranger anxiety is through the roof :("


The good things about babies this age is that they get distracted easily. A shiny new singing toy.... a new movie ... a favorite snack.. and they'll forget about everything that was bugging them a few minutes before. Most babies don't spend the whole time crying. They might spend the first 10 to 15 minutes crying, but it normally tapers off after that.

Sarah2705 1 child; Los Angeles, California 735 posts
11th Feb '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Summerfrost:</b>" The good things about babies this age is that they get distracted easily. A shiny new singing toy.... ... [snip!] ... don't spend the whole time crying. They might spend the first 10 to 15 minutes crying, but it normally tapers off after that."</blockquote>




Thanks, that's what I wanted to hear. :)

taking a look at life Palm beach gardens, FL, United States 49151 posts
12th Feb '13
Quoting Sarah2705:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Click Me Click Me!!!:</b>" yes it a stage.... My 3 yr old still ... [snip!] ... for the first time ever tomorrow and m terrified she will cry the whole time, her stranger anxiety is through the roof :("


Yes she even crys when my mom watches her i have no choice i have classes.