(Closed) Toddler being super clingy – normal, or because of pregnancy?

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
47254 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

MsSparrow:  It is very common. Google “clingy toddlers pregnant” and you will find hundreds of stories.

Post # 3
857 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015


MsSparrow:  Super common. I don’t have kids but I work in an Infant/Toddler daycare and I’ve seen several kids go through this when their moms are pregnant.

Post # 4
9823 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I think many toddlers are clingy in general. Pregnancy might make it worse, a new baby probably will for sure. Im not even pregnant my toddler is a super-clinger. For me, anyway.  She is not near as clingy to anyone else. She is 21mo and has been real clingy since 15-16mo

Post # 5
2192 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

So sweet! My nephew is 2 and was snuggling my sister’s belly and kissing it before she told anyone she was pregnant! 

Our Dear Daughter is 2 and is obsessed with my belly. I’m currently 39 weeks but from early on she wanted skin to skin time with my belly. Face and hands!! When she wakes up crying she wants to put a hand on my belly to go back to sleep. She has started making baby noises and snuggles into my belly while saying “I’m a baby.” Before this she shunned being called a baby because potty training means she is a big girl. It really is so sweet. I love it. 

Post # 6
1492 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I really don’t think a toddler that age grasps the fact that a belly= baby soon. They go through phases constantly. Maybe you are subconsciously treating her in a different way because you are pregnant and making her more clingy or maybe she just wants to be clingy. My 21m old has only wanted daddy for about 2 months when before that is was all me. 

Post # 7
447 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Ranch

I realize I’m late to the party, but I have my four-year-old nephew and 20-month-old niece ten hours a day, five days a week. They are both very used to me, but my niece is also extremely attached to my husband. If he’s around, it’s like I don’t exist. He spends time with her every day before going to work and he always rubs my belly and tells her that there is a baby in there so I do think she understans to some extent. My nephew definitely understands because he remembers his mom being pregnant with his little sister and he is super excited. My niece is not very happy about it. She has become completely attached to me. My husband will give me a kiss and she pushes him away. I cannot go to the restroom without her standing next to me. She wants me to carry her while I cook, she just cannot not touch me. If she doesn’t see me for three seconds she panics and she was never like this. She is a very independent child. She doesn’t like my belly though. When I was about 12 weeks she started to lay next to me with her feet on my lap and kick as hard as she could to hit my belly. I thought nothing of it because I figured she could not possibly know I was pregnant. Then I noticed she just kept doing it. She doesn’t try to hit me anywhere else and she isn’t a bad child. My nephew was rubbing my belly this morning and telling me how excited he was to meet my baby and she came up with her doll and started to hit my belly with it. I think that she is aware that there is a baby in there and that it is coming soon so she is trying to keep me all to herself. We will see when baby gets here. She is my husband’s best buddy so I think she will struggle more seeing him spend more time with the baby.

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