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There is a good chance that your child will be fussy when you leave him alone. 12 to 18 months is the prime time for separation anxiety – a psychological term that means your child can’t bear to be without you. You may be tempted to sneak away, but that is only going to lead to a meltdown! It is best to say good-bye with a quick kiss and head out the door and reassure your little one that you will be back soon. Your baby’s tears will subside soon after you’re out of sight. It’s hard not to feel guilty, but in the long run, you’ll be helping your child to become more independent.