I have a 14 month old baby boy who is having hard time adjusting to the day care. I am really worried if he is not being social and if this is normal behavior.
I enrolled him to a home day care , a Montessori based one. Most of the kids are older and who are at least 3 plus years old. There is only 1 person who takes care of everyone plus a helper. Majority of the kids are independent and can take care of themselves.
Due to Covid, my baby hardly saw anyone or interacted with anyone . He is currently at the peak of stranger and separation anxiety. He cries due to that. It has been more than 14 days since I enrolled him at day care, and the lady says he cries a lot. He does not want to play with other kids nor he does not like playing with toys. He just follows her wherever she goes and wants her to pick him up. She tells me to teach him independent play at home as well.
At home, he has very short attention span , he plays with toys but for very very short span.All he wants to do is climb furniture, stairs , he loves to go to kitchen, play with dish washer , utensils , loves to remove things from draws etc. he loves doing exploratory stuff rather than sitting in one place and playing with toys.
I feel he is good in other areas , like he wants to play always with us, he shows and brings things to us, he makes us laugh, he points, responds to name , eye contact is good. He is very very good at imitating us. Whatever action i do, he immediately tries to copy it. He loves to follow us everywhere . I put some toys in front of him and he literally plays with them for 2 or 5 min and he would follow us and do whatever we want to do. He is walking and says around 5 words. He can point to 6 body parts.
I am so stressed and worried that he is crying so much at the day care and not getting used to it. Should I be worried? Is this normal behavior ?Should I give him some more time? Or should I change the day care. I need your guidance and expertise