Attachment and Trust, Object Permanence
Mommy & Daddy, Don't Go!
When babies are first born, they believe that if they can't see an object, that it has disappeared. However, as your baby reaches 6-9 months old, he'll start to understand that if something is out of sight, it does still exist, an idea called Object Permanence. A side effect of this realization, though, can be separation anxiety. Your baby may begin to act fearful of strangers, cling to familiar adults, cry when you leave, and be happy to see you return. While it may be hard to see your baby cry when you leave, take heart that it's a sign of his Attachment and Trust in you. Stay calm and let him know that you'll be returning soon. Any sadness you show can add to his concerns, so stay positive to let him know he has nothing to worry about.
Has your baby achieved the following Attachment and Trust and Object Permanence developmental milestones yet? If yes, check off all the skill(s) he has already mastered to date!