7 Books to Help Ease Separation Anxiety

Whether you’re sending your baby off to daycare, to a babysitter, or you’re just trying to leave the house and get some errands done, there comes a time when just merely walking out of the room can cause a firestorm of tears.

Here are some of the best books to explain this inevitable separation and to help ease the inevitable anxiety, which you’ll keep reading all the way up to preschool and beyond.

  • Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

    Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

    This is one of my son’s all-time favorite books, and his preschool teachers always read it to their youngest 2-year-old kids in an entire Owl Baby unit. It’s poignant, simple, and emotionally familiar for any child — whether they’re going to daycare or not.

    Buy from Amazon.

  • Llama Llama Misses Mama by Ann Dewdney

    Llama Llama Misses Mama by Ann Dewdney

    A very popular book that addresses separation anxiety about going to preschool — but it’s also applicable to any kind of daycare/childcare setting.

    Buy from Amazon.

  • The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

    The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

    This bestselling book is my personal favorite — possibly because I like the idea of a “kissing hand” even more than my son. Everything about this book is beautiful, from illustrations to prose.

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  • I Love You All Day Long by Francesca Rusackas

    I Love You All Day Long by Francesca Rusackas

    This book is about a little pig named Owen going to preschool for the first time, and it explores all of the exciting experiences he’ll have throughout the day — and she reassures him that she’ll still be loving him, even when she isn’t there. All day long.

    Buy from Amazon.

  • You Go Away by Dorothy Corey

    You Go Away by Dorothy Corey

    Another book showing loved ones leaving and then returning — to reassure kids that mommy/daddy will always come back — whether you’re running errands or going to work. It’s intended for children 2 years and up, but you can start reading this book even earlier.

    Buy from Amazon.

  • Oh My Baby, Little One by Kathi Appelt

    Oh My Baby, Little One by Kathi Appelt

    This one is a preschool-centered book, but it’s a reassuring read that shows children that these kinds of separations are only temporary.

    Buy from Amazon.

  • Mama Always Comes Home by Karma Wilson

    Mama Always Comes Home by Karma Wilson

    A sweet book for toddlers to learn that all mamas — birdies, kittens, puppies, dolphins — have to go away for a bit, but they always return.

    Buy from Amazon.

Having trouble easing your baby’s separation anxiety? Try these DO and DON’T tips.

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