Separation anxiety is common.
An important thing that you need to remind yourself time and again is: Babies are unique and will develop at their own pace. It is important to become familiar with developmental milestones in order to gauge your baby’s progress.
Your baby has been growing by leaps and bounds since birth and by their 20th month, they should be around 25 pounds and 31 inches long. Don’t fret if you see your toddler’s growth slowing down as compared to their first 12 months. They won’t have the same growth pattern or weight gain as in their early days.
This is also the age when many toddlers spend their early days in day care centres. Seeing so many new faces might trigger separation anxiety but you can ease it out by familiarising them with other kids and making a point of saying goodbye before leaving.
This way they’ll know that separations are healthy and normal but they will also return.
And even though your tot is still focused on “me, me, me!” you can start to lay the groundwork for how to be a friend. Early lessons include sharing and cooperating and using words instead of physical aggression to work out disagreements.