Observe the child in play with the parent in the room.
Put the child on the floor with the toys placed a distance away.
The child will crawl to the toys and keep looking back at the parent.
Help parents understand the attachment/separation process. The infant still needs the parent for comfort, so they like to know the parent is near. When the parent leaves, the infant becomes unsure and cries. This is just part of the process of the child learning he can be independent and still be fine. As he becomes more comfortable around others, he begins to trust others to care for him as well.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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