Originally Posted by Anguschick1
Has your daughter started walking recently? I found w/ds that when ever he was about to accomplish another developmental milestone he regressed just prior. And right around 1 is when he went back to being almost as needy as a newborn! Or so it seemed.
Your daughter is still figuring out her place in the world, that she and you are seperate beings, that when you leave a room you still exist and WILL come back. We as a society think of 1 year olds as toddlers and little kids, but they are more like babies than preschoolers. It could be possible that your daughter is a more cautious, cuddly person than your eldest. Doesn't make it wrong, just different.
Regarding breastfeeding/weaning, maybe she senses that you are trying to wean her and remove that source of comfort in her life (as seen from her perspective) and she isn't ready for it to go yet. The AAP recently recommended nursing AT LEAST one year and as long after as is mutually desired. Maybe she really needs it still, not only for the nutrition, but for the comfort and love she gets "refilled" with everytime you do it.
Hugs to you Mama, it's a rough time, but in a year you'll be trying to cuddle w/her and she'll be saying, "No, no, no - side" (which means outside) while pushing away from you.
Peace and Light to you Mama.
Completely agree with everything this poster said.
Our first DD was very much as you describe your 1yr old. If I had had to split time between her and another sibling at that age, I can imagine just how rough it would have been!
galore to you.
I know first hand how exhausting it can be ~ physically and emotionally. Be patient and give her all that you can. A need met will go away.
I think efforts towards weaning or distancing yourself will only increase her distress.
BTW, someone mentioned that it might be "normal" in a 1 month old, but perhaps not so in a 1 yr old. I think babies are just really different. If you've never had a child with this personality, it may indeed seem out of the ordinary. As someone with a daughter with a love of being in constant contact with Mama (and also now another daughter with less of a need for this), I can attest that this is a very valid need.
Best wishes! She's a wee babe still, and before you know it she'll be firmly telling you to stay home when she goes out for the day with her Daddy (as I now know