How can I help my baby manage separation anxiety?

Stay calm. Separation anxiety is a normal developmental milestone at 9-12 months that means your baby has " object permanence, " a mental representation of someone/something he can't see. Tell him you're leaving in a calm manner, saying, "i'll be back" and say, "i'm back" when you return. Practicing leaving for short periods helps him learn both the words and that he can trust your consistent return.
Patience & comfort. Infants become aware of the difference between primary caregivers and others @ 6-9 mo. Sadly, their brains don't allow them to realize you exist when they do not see you, so they begin to express fear when you leave. This improves gradually after games like peek-a- boo teach the concept. Accept this as a normal stage.Avoid showing anxiety as baby will sense it & worry. Comfort baby at all times.

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How can I remedy my infant's nighttime separation anxiety?

Extinguish slowly. At night, a thorough routine that is always followed is key. That way they know what is coming, and there is bed at the end. If there is a lot of anxiety at first and they scream until you come in and "hang out", then do that. Start sitting close, pay minimal attention, then every few nights, start sitting closer to the door. They slowly get used to you being further away, then out of the room. Read more...
It's You. It's really, probably your own anxiety, not your infant. How do you know your infant is anxious? Those are your feelings. Behavioral insomnia in infants is quite common and is perpetuated by attending to the infant each and every time they wake up at night. You should not sleep with your infant, he or she needs to be in another room. After 6 months, a full nights sleep will occur if you ignore. Read more...

The separation anxiety phase with babies, how long does it usually last and how do we prevent or get rid of it? ..

Normal stage . It is a normal stage in the development of a cild. By the age of 3 the child should begin to separate much easie . From your question it has probably started in your child bye fear of strangers usually begins about 9 months of age. This separation anxiety is normal so don't worry. All normal children go through it an come out of it being confident children. Read more...
Variable. It can begin as early as ~6m in females & ~9m in males, begins to fade some around 18-24m but persists to some degree until 3-4 yrs. I find it an elegant predictor of good thinking ability in kids (they are thinking to do this) & I am always happy when i see it emerge, even though it complicates an exam. Ignore it, it does not reflect bad parenting or day care. Read more...