Creating Together Staff are always listening to parents and caregivers, to hear what their concerns are and what areas they’d appreciate support and resources. This month’s information sessions is a response to a number of caregivers seeking information regarding the most common early childhood fears: Strangers; and being aware from parents.
When a baby nears 7 months, they will begin to show a fear of strangers, particularly those who get too friendly too fast. While grandparents and dear friends can easily feel hurt and disappointed, it’s important that they understand that it is a common experience and not to take it personally. Here are some tips to help your little one get more comfortable with folks who are new to them:
- Give your baby time to get to know the individual, and allow the baby to set the pace of that meeting.
- Give the person a toy to pass to the baby, getting a smile and fast friendship.
- Do not force the baby to go to the person.
- Stay where they baby can see you.
Fear of being away from parents
Whether it’s for a few seconds or a few hours, many children get upset being away from their parents. Here are some tips to help your child feel better if you are away:
- Create a framework – Tell your child when you’re leaving and when you will return.
- Reassurance – If you’re in another room, speak to your child so they can hear you. Take them with you if you’re going to be longer than a few minutes.
- Comfort routines – Create a consistent bedtime routine of stories, songs, and a tucking in, before you leave the room for the night. Also, make sure they have their favorite toy or blanket when they have a sitter / need to go to daycare.
- Building trust – Give your child the opportunity to get to know the babysitter before leaving them alone together. Alternatively, take them to the daycare center before they are left there, and stay with them for a while.
- No surprises – Have the babysitter come before the child goes to bed, and always say good by before you leave (don’t try to sneak out).
Ask for Help
Whatever the fear is, there are a number of resources out there to support parents and caregivers. No matter how trivial it may seem, remember we are here to help – don’t hesitate to ask staff at Creating Together any further questions or areas of support you might have.
Please stay tuned for more information about our upcoming information sessions in November.