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September 29th, 2010, 01:00 PM
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I am a SAHM who runs a small daycare out of my house. I have a 2 1/2 yr old of my own and am expecting my 2nd in about 8 weeks. I also care for 2 other toddlers. I recently started watching an 8 month old as a favor for a friend who I have known for 9 years.

The problem that I am having is the 8 mo old thinks he must be held all the time! I have tried everything that I can think of and nothing seems to work. I tried bouncy chairs, play gyms, highchairs, swings, sitting with him on the floor to play with toys. If I have to get up and tend to the other children I talk to him to asure him that I am still here and nothing is working BASICALLY, if he is not in my lap or in my arms he is crying.

I have had a heart to heart with my friend and showed her how he acts. It's been 2 weeks since we've had this talk and 4 weeks since I have started watching him. My heart tells me that I just can't take it anymore but I am not one to give up! I don't want to give up!!! I just don't know what to do.

Any advice would be great...please!
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October 2nd, 2010, 10:04 PM
oriel13's Avatar Tishauna
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Have you considered a baby carrier? Something that keeps him with you but allows your hands to stay free to tend to the others? It's the only way I get anything done around here.

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October 5th, 2010, 12:49 PM
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As he shown any improvement after the 4 weeks since he has started...
In my experience children usually start to show some improvement after atleast two weeks.

Just keep reassuring the child and talk to him

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