Separation anxiety: Normal for one year old?

My 12 month old is so clingy. He panics if he isn't with me all the time. Is this normal?

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Twelve months is the prime age for separation anxiety. All children go through this. It typically begins between 9 and 12 months of age, peaks at about 15 months of age and begins to subside by 18 months.

Realize that this is a normal stage of development. There isn't anything you can do to help him get over this any faster than he is ready to.

The best thing to do is to hold your son and give him attention when you can. The fact is that there are going to be plenty of times when you simply can't be holding him. And that is okay! You will not be causing him harm if he is crying out for you and you can't get to him right away.

This stage will pass, so hang in there.

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