The 8-month crisis
At around 8 months old, your baby’s nature can suddenly change – and in quite a spectacular way: whereas he used to be sociable, smiled a lot and enjoyed being carried by lots of different people, he now seems shy, cries easily around people he doesn't know and can't bear it when you are out of sight.
These behavioural changes are quite normal and are no cause for concern: it is all part of a key stage in your baby's mental development, and is referred to as the “8-month crisis", "fear of the unknown" or "separation anxiety". Your baby is just growing up! Get our tips for handling the situation as successfully as possible.
> Recognizing separation anxiety
> The reasons for this crisis
> Helping your baby