Most parents have been there. Your baby is sitting quietly with a toy, but the split second you step away from his line of sight, he starts crying. It's tough when your little one won't ever play alone. You have so much that needs to get accomplished throughout the day, and it would really help if you knew how to teach your baby to be independent, even if only for a few minutes at a time.
Babies don't understand time, and have no idea that you will only be gone for 30 seconds to take the laundry out of the dryer. Some parents find that they can only get things done if they have their baby strapped to their chest all day. However, that constant closeness may be what's keeping your child from feeling comfortable alone. Pregnancy and Baby noted that small periods of supervised alone time will give your baby the confidence to become more independent as they grow. It can take time for babies to feel comfortable playing by themselves and it's not uncommon for them to go through phases where they will want more or less alone time. Patience and consistency is key during this time.
Here are some things you can do to help teach your baby to be a little more independent.