Interestingly, this emotionally charged bond between you and your baby occurs about the time your child begins to crawl. Crawling takes your baby off in new directions: Baby must satisfy his need to explore while checking in periodically with you, his secure base.
When you pass your child to a loving, experienced childcare provider who is unfamiliar to your child, be sure to show confidence and approval of this person. Say something like, "Here's Veronica. She'll be looking after you today. She'll play with you, feed you, and put you to bed. She's a nice person who will take care of you until I come back tonight." Your outward approval will show Baby—who's especially dependent on social referencing right now—that she's in good hands.
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Curious about how else Baby might be developing right now? Learn more about her brilliant brain and her growing body here: