I am a mom to a 2-year-old toddler who is experiencing separation anxiety during bedtime. Every time I try to leave the room after tucking him in, he starts crying and screaming for me to stay. It's really difficult for me to see him so upset, and I'm looking for some effective ways to help him cope with this anxiety.
I've tried reading him bedtime stories and playing soft music to make him feel calm, but it doesn't seem to work. I've also tried staying in the room with him until he falls asleep, but I don't want to create a dependency on me being there for him to fall asleep.
I'm hoping to receive some advice and tips from other parents who have experienced similar issues with their toddlers. What are some effective ways that you've used to help your child cope with separation anxiety during bedtime? Any guidance or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!