I have a little boy who will be 21 months tomorrow and he's been doing the same thing for the past couple of months (since about 19 months old). He was doing well before then most of the time and enjoyed playing by himself but now he just keeps following me everywhere....to the toilet, to make a coffee, anything....drives me nuts some days. He has had stages like this before and then comes good again. I find most of the time it happens is when he's getting new teeth and we suspect he's cutting his 2 year old molars (he has had 16 teeth since he was 13months old). He's constantly chewing on his fingers at the back of his mouth so figure the last of his teeth must be moving around in his gums & bothering him and will no doubt come soon. I can't offer any suggestions to make it a bit easier for you. I try and play with him for a while and then also try and get him to play on his own. (lasts for a couple of minutes and then he comes looking for me). i think it's a stage they go through either because they're not feeling 100%, teething or separation anxiety. Some days it gets a bit much but i guess we just have to sit it out and wait for them to come good again?? I don't think it's the breastfeeding causing it as Jayden's been weaned for quiet a while now and he still does it. My hubby is really good in that he'll take Jayden for a while when he's home to give me a break. Hope this helps and I'm relieved to hear I'm not the only one with a clingy child (thought it may have been something i was doing wrong). Maybe somebody else out there has some suggestions for us?
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