Observe the child playing when the toys are not near the adult.
Have the adult place the infant on the floor at her feet. Shake a toy or bring the child’s attention to the toys if she doesn’t notice them.
The infant moves to the toys. Once playing, the infant will look toward the adult to “check-in” and make sure she is still there.
Encourage early childhood educators and parents to place toys a distance away from them to encourage the child to start to feel comfortable moving away. The adult can talk to the child and encourage this exploration. When the child visually checks in and sees that the adult is happy with his play, it builds confidence.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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