DD is 13mths, and her separation anxiety has been steadily increasing to what is now the worst that it has been.
She used to be the most easygoing happy-go-lucky kid, but now she is only happy with me, DH, or my parents (the people she sees the most).
I take her to playgroup and any time I am out of her sight/ go to the toilet, etc. she cries her eyes out until I come back. It's got to the point where I feel bad if I need to do anything, as I always return to find a distraught baby being comforted by another mum.
From what I've read, separation anxiety peaks at around this age, but the thing is that none of the other children her age at playgroup do it! All the other mums are able to go to the toilet, do stuff inside (while the kids play outside), etc.
I don't think I've done anything particular to make her that way. We still go out places, and she spends one day a week (at least) with her grandparents. I take her to lots of activities where she plays with other children, and up until recently she has been very independent and happy to go off without me.
So... to those in the know... Is there anything I can do to help her?
If I have to leave her (e.g., to go to the toilet at playgroup) then I come back as quickly as I can and cuddle her/ reassure her. I try to stay matter of fact with her, and distract her - e.g., pointing out things to play with, etc.
And for those who have been there... how long will it last? Probably a dumb question.
She's fine at home, but it's more when we're out and she's obviously feeling a little less secure.