I didn't really know which board it would be best to post this on, so please forgive me if this is in the wrong place. My 8 month old son is at the point where he can sit up, crawl, and pull himself up using furniture as support. He loves to play and is generally a pretty happy baby, but as soon as I try to leave him alone to do something else (like make dinner or fold laundry) he starts to fuss. I don't know if it's because I've done a bad job and have conditioned him to think that every time he whines I'll come running, but it has been pretty miserable when we're at home together and all I can do is sit in the room with him while he plays. I want him to learn that he can be independent even if it's only for a few minutes. I have set up a gated-off area right outside my kitchen that is completely baby-safe where he can play while I work in the kitchen or put in a load of laundry, but he hates it. He cries every time I put him down in it.
SO, all that to say - I need tips! What did you do when your baby was at the age where they wanted to get into everything and you needed to get stuff done? If you had similar issues with a baby who didn't want to be put down, what did you do to make things easier? Also please don't tell me to "just enjoy this time and let the housework go because babies don't keep" I'm well aware that this is a special time to enjoy with him, but stuff still needs to get done! And I still need to get dressed in the morning!