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Separation and clingy babies

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Some babies are more 'clingy' than others and it can be difficult to understand why your baby suddenly cries and hangs on to you, when a few months ago they were happy to be cuddled by anyone. If this is something you’re experiencing, here are some tips to help.

Why do babies become ‘clingy’?

At around six or seven months, babies can tell the difference between faces they know and strangers. Then at about ten months, they can become ‘clingy’, hanging on tight to the people they know and trust and becoming wary of anyone new.

As it often coincides with the time when the baby could crawl away or start to walk, they become more clear in their need to stay close to someone they trust.

Top tips for helping 'clingy' babies feel secure

Last updated: 2 May, 2023