Then we realised after a few days that it might be Separation Anxiety... it happens to many babies once they get really attached to their caregiver (which is me in my case...). They get really anxious when their caregiver goes away from them even for just a while. Something to do with 'object of permanence', the baby doesn't know that once the object goes away/disappear, he/she might come back again.
Anyway, I 'tested' this on a few occasions to confirm it is separation anxiety...
-while playing with Jayden on the bed, the minute I stand up, he will come towards me and hug me.
-when I am sitting down on the sofa with him beside me, he would climb all over me and lie down on me.
-Even when someone else is carrying him and I am just there, the minute I get up to go somewhere, he will quickly look for me.
Jayden wasn't like this before. Now, he will burst out crying uncontrollably unless I go there and talk to him and sayang him. Most occasions, I will have to carry him and console him, by then he will try not to 'let me go'. He will get really kan cheong (anxious) whenever I leave him now.
So before I leave him to go to the loo, prepare his lunch or do the laundry etc, I will talk to him first and let him know where I go, when I leave, he will cry for a while but then stop after a while but sometimes go on crying until I carry him. Anyway, this will go on for some time and like what my hubby said: 'It's a phase we have to go through, and we will go through this together.'
Jayden is now my Koala Bear and I feel like his tree trunk...
Some info on Separation Anxiety:
At certain stages, most babies or toddlers will show true anxiety and be upset at the prospect — or reality — of being separated from a parent. If you think about separation anxiety in evolutionary terms, it makes sense: A defenseless baby would naturally get upset at being separated from the person who protects and cares for him.
Babies can show signs of separation anxiety as early as 6 or 7 months, but the crisis age for most babies is between 12 to 18 months. Most commonly, separation anxiety strikes when you or your spouse leaves your child to go to work or run an errand. Babies can also experience separation anxiety at night, safely tucked in their cribs with Mom and Dad in the next room.
Info from Babycenter.
Any of your child went through this and how did you deal with it?