While I was nursing, my baby went with me everywhere. Even at a Dr.’s appointment the baby could be set in his car seat in a corner.
After the nursing stage was over, I would start to practice with my toddler my being out of his sight. As I left the room we were in together, I would say, “I will be back”. As I returned, “I am back.” If the little one fussed I would practice more on our split level’s stairs. The child could then see me 90% of the time and I would quickly turn around after reaching the bottom. In this practice my voice was heard the whole time saying first, “I will be back” and the while going back up the stairs, ”I am back.” This was teaching the child that my being out of sight, did not mean I was gone forever.
If during the step practice the child fussed, I would correct, “No fuss, I will be back.”
Repeating these short, easy to understand phrases while showing the little one what would happen, was just the practice they needed to be prepared for the times mom would be out of their sight.