Baby prefers the maid to you: what to do

Young Parents Team
magyoungparents@sph.com.sg

It’s upsetting to watch your baby reach out to the maid, especially when you come home from work.

You want him to like the maid because they spend so much time together during the week – but the sight of your baby “choosing” to go to her instead of you bruises you emotionally.

Don’t worry, however. This does not mean he loves the maid more than you, or that you are a bad parent; nor does it mean that you and your child are drifting apart.

What you see is simply your child’s natural reaction towards someone in whose company he has just spent several hours.

If you are concerned that your toddler regularly reaches out to the maid rather than to you, do something to change this.

But first, remind yourself that the connection between…

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