A: Children go through "clingy" phases when they are developing new skills. Sometimes, she wakes up and has a totally new skill to try out and master. Just think of how exciting -- and scary -- it might be if all of a sudden if that happened to us. For instance, what if you woke up one morning and found you could fly? That's how it feels for your child. Challenging, exciting -- and sometimes terrifying!
Starting at about 9 months, babies start to become mobile -- and it scares them. But the fear spurs them on to communicate more with you, in order to get reassurance as they're exploring new things. So, crawling, walking, talking, and clinging are all related. This clinginess comes and goes throughout the first 2-3 years of your baby's life.
What's a parent to do to survive having a little "Cling-On"?