My dd is 13 months old and for the past month she's been going through a phase where she is very clingy and she's starting to drive me a little crazy. Basically she needs me to be right next to her at ALL times, literally if she is not physically right next to me she starts to cry and hurries over to cling to me. You would think the logical solution to this would be baby wearing, but then she gets all squirmy and bored unless we're going for a walk. She wants to be sitting on my lap while she plays or to be held at all times. She also wants me, not DP, she loves to have the three of us together and is always super happy when dp comes home from work, but then she still wants me to hold her, she often cries and pushes herself away from DP when I try to hand her off. I work 17 hours a week while DP stays home and while I'm gone DD is happy and fine, a little clingy with dp but not as much as with me, then when I come home she is even more needy, and as long as she knows I'm in the house she won't let DP hold her for more than a few minutes. I'm feeling like I can't get anything done & kind of over touched and like I'm seriously in need of some 'me' time, and DP is feeling kind of sad and also tired of having to do everything after she comes home from work while I just play with dd.
DD has always had a very laid back, chill & happy personality and she still does except for this. We are all about AP, but this is making me crazy! Should we just assume it's a phase and ride it out or are there steps we can take to make make this less intense?
Edit: I just realized there was another post about this and it made me feel a little better. Clearly this is normal! But I would still love it if anyone had ideas of how to lessen her separation anxiety.
Edited by RStelle - 4/23/12 at 9:18am