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  1. Beautiful article! I could totally relate since I’ve been through this. I got up early and did as much as possible. I totally with the wrap! Our playpen has also been a life saver at times, it’s also been good to encourage walking and balance as well. 🙂

  2. My son is 13 months and he is SO CLINGY. Honestly I thought it was just him and no other babies were like this! I’m so glad I found this ? it took me a while but I’ve finally reached the “acceptance” stage. My boy owns me, and that’s okay right now. And I totally feel ya on doing things little by little. I swear, the kitchen is usually half wiped down at any given time ?

    • ashleybbass

      Brooks, I’m so glad you can relate! It really is such a relief to know we aren’t alone. Love on that little one. You got this!

  3. Cidalia M.

    Honestly, I gave up on the carrier with my little one (he’s 11 months old now). He loves being held, but hated facing towards me in the carrier (couldn’t see the action). Facing him out while he was still small wasn’t feasible, and now that he’s bigger, it really doesn’t help get any housework done. Can’t cook ’cause I don’t want to risk burning him, can’t bend down, can’t see what I’m doing to vacuum. I just take it easy on housework, pass him off when I can, and have been purging what I can when I can (less stuff = less cleaning). Right now, we’re going on weeks a cold snow & ice subzero temps winter snap. So, no going out either. I just remind myself that this will pass, and I will have more free time eventually, In the meantime, I try my best to stress less and enjoy him more (not always easy, I admit).

    • ashleybbass

      Cidalia, I totally understand! Yes, it will pass and before you know it he’ll be so big that you’ll miss the clinginesss. In the meantime, I hope you can find a little time to yourself. We need it! And I love your idea about decluttering!

  4. Chris

    I’m sinking right now! My 3 grandchildren moved in 15 months ago 13, 7 & 2. The 2 yr old crys non stop if I’m not holding her, letting things wait are not an option. Supper, laundry & the homework!! Today she cried from the moment we walked in the house at 5 until 7:30. At that time I was able to give a bath and hold till asleep.

    • ashleybbass

      I’m so sorry I’m just getting back to you, Chris. That sounds so intense! I have a post on helping toddlers come back from bad moods that might be helpful. Sometimes just keeping them realllly distracted is a life-saver. I hope things ease up for your family super soon. Thanks for reading!

    • ashleybbass

      Ah! So sorry about that! I’ll fix that link.
      Try this one: https://amzn.to/2Rbl3T0
      I hope it helps! I swear by this thing and I really do think it’s more than worth the investment.
      Good luck with your precious clingy little one!

  5. Terran

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I’m so glad I found this because I really needed it. My 11 month old, who has always been clingy, has been especially clingy lately so much that it’s making me a little crazy. I also have an almost 5 year old who has been feeling left out, so the Mom guilt is so real lately! I’ve been struggling to accept who my 11 month old is and fighting every minute of it. Today has been rough and this is just what I needed to get my life back into perspective. Thank you for writing this and letting me know I’m not alone! My second is night and day to my first and it’s really made things tough. I love my boys with all my heart and gave so much to have them (both IVF rainbow babies), that I just want to help them and myself have the best life….through the good days and bad. So thank you again!

    • ashleybbass

      Terran, I’m SO glad this post was helpful for you! Having a clingy baby is so challenging, for sure. But it sounds like you’re doing great! Keep loving those boys and being their mama. The tough days will pass and you’ll do the best you can. You’re definitely not alone! You can do this!

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