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How the Gooru Stroller Mirror Helps Children Avoid Separation Anxiety Issues

On Object Permanence and Separation Anxiety 

Children develop significant object permanence between 4-8 months of age, without yet developing a concept of time. They realize mom and dad exist when out of sight, yet won’t know mom will come back if she leaves, which can cause a child to cry with fear.

Is mommy gone forever?

Children between 8 months and one year old are even more uncertain about being separated from a parent. This is when separation anxiety typically develops, and children may become agitated and upset when a parent is out of sight. The timing of separation anxiety can vary. Some kids might go through it later, between 18 months and 2½ years of age.

Intense separation anxiety can last into elementary school or beyond, and lead to:
• panic symptoms (such as nausea, vomiting, or shortness of breath) or panic attacks before a parent leaves
• nightmares about separation
• fear of sleeping alone
• excessive worry about being lost or kidnapped or going places without a parent

The Gooru Stroller Mirror keeps children connected with their loved ones during these critical bonding and development years between 8 months and 2½ years.

 

Puck Fernsten

Founder, Gooru
puck@gooruglobal.com