15 month old throwing self on ground for a tantrum!

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Hi--my daughter is 15 months old, just started to throw her self on her belly and crying for a tantrum. Usually when I tell her no--and only lasts a few seconds--as I ignore it??!! Any suggestions--any other 15 months old do this???

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JoAnn - posted on 12/07/2009

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My daughter does the same except she stays standing, bends over and deliberately smacks her head off the ground. If I try picking her up she flops back. Best thing I can do is lay her on the floor and leave her. Tantrum ends as quickly as it starts.

Missy - posted on 12/06/2009

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my 16 month old spun himself in a circle, flopped down and flung himself around for about 5 seconds one day for no reason. he was playing quietly, got up and did it. hasn't done it since. good luck!! hope she get bored with it soon.

Kirsten - posted on 12/05/2009

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Quoting Ashley:

I know its hard but the best thing that we have found that works is to tell him no or spank his mouth and ignore him. He gets over it really quickly.


Spank his mouth?!

Ashley Dawn - posted on 12/05/2009

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My daughter is now 16 months and she has been doing that since she was about 11 months. It is really hard to deal with since I also have another little girl who is only 3 months... But I say the best thing to do is just ignore her behaviour. Or calmly explain to her that if she doesn't stop acting this way, she will have to have a nap. I know my daughter hates going for naps so if I tell her that she usually cuts it out.

Tracy - posted on 12/02/2009

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My son is the same age and has been doing that since he was 10 months old. We try to ignore it but move the things he can hurt himself on out of the way. If he starts his tantrum in my arms I put him on the ground and walk a few steps away. All the advice I have been given in the past few months seems to be about the same, ignore it and it will stop. It has been 5 months so far, but I'm hopeful. I hope your daughter is a little less stubborn than my boy! Good luck

Clarissa - posted on 12/01/2009

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My 15 month old son sits on the floor and thrusts himself forward hitting anything that is within reach. When I ignore him, he just screams louder. If anyone can give me any helpful hints it would be very much appreciated.

Kylee - posted on 11/30/2009

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My 15 month old daughter does this too and so do other kids in my mothers group. I guess it is just an age thing. We just laugh at her when she chucks a tanty. She gets over it pretty quickly.

Krissy - posted on 11/29/2009

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15 month olds definately do this - my 15 month old son does similar actions.... he will squint his face sourly and back bridge and kick and scream. i have been told by numerous people to just set them in a "time out" spot (ie, the crib/ playpen) or somewhere where you can put them down, tell them why they are having a time out and tell them they can come out when they are done. we have just started doing this because we didn't know what to do either. i have also read this method in 3 or 4 baby books (what to expect when the toddler years) is one example - good luck... its apparently just the terrible twos starting early, lol

Beth - posted on 11/29/2009

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Oh I thought my daughter was the only one! She throws herself backwards when we're holding her if we take soemthing from her, like something she can't have(cell phone, camera...) When she did it the first time, I actually raised my voice and said Kelsey! No! and that made her cry, so the next time, I sat her down to play and pretended I didn't see her little tantrum and she has only done it one time since then and that was about a month ago. It seemed to work better when I acted as if I didn't notice it, and then afterwards explained to her that she cannot have those things because they are not toys, better than when I rose my voice to her.

Amanda - posted on 11/29/2009

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Yup, I totally know what you're talking about. Samuel (15 months) started doing that about a month ago as well. I ignore it and it happens less now.

Ashley - posted on 11/29/2009

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I know its hard but the best thing that we have found that works is to tell him no or spank his mouth and ignore him. He gets over it really quickly.

Lesley - posted on 11/29/2009

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My daughter is 15 months old and does exactly the same. Usually when I say 'no' and only lasts seconds. We just ignore her and she soon forgets what it was she was so annoyed about!! She just wants a reaction so no reaction is the best way forward we feel. I actually have to stop myself laughing at her because it really is quite funny! She is just so dramatic with it! They'll grow out of it in time - I hope!

Emily - posted on 11/28/2009

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my daughter is the worse she throws herself on the floor in a tantrum even if i give my partner a kiss or a cuddle she even hits me and screams at us all if she dont get her own way i think its just a stage they all go through .

Kayla - posted on 11/27/2009

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My daughter throws herself backwards to the ground when she is upset when we tell her "no" I try to make sure she doesnt hurt herself when she does and then I ignore her until she stops. If you give the tantrums attention then they will do it more often

Ashley - posted on 11/27/2009

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my daughter is 15 months and does it to. she been doing that since she was 10 months, she hate the word no too. so when she does it and it last longer than a caouple of minutes i will put her in her crib and let her cry it out(she hates her crib more than the word no)

Ries - posted on 11/27/2009

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my 15 month old started this at 11 months, none of our other 4 kids older then her had ever done it and so we were a little stunned, and actually started laughing at her. then when my eldest saw one a month later, she laughed at her... etc through all the family members... we are still trying not to laugh at her...she sort of flaps her arms behind her like she's being a dolphin (think "the animal") and occasionally bumps her nose on the floor with the effort! this ends up in tears and so needs a love, but otherwise they are largely ignored and stop quite quickly... the cause? someone said "no" to her, or daddy is trying to put her down. I think it is easier when I remember that tantrums are caused by an overload of emotion which cannot be expressed verbally... so along with ignoring them till they are calmer, it's good to look at what is precipitating them too. so we ignore the daddy-putting-me-down ones, and when they are over, distract her with praise at walking on her own etc... and address the "no" ones with "sorry, but you must not....( add what ever the no was about)" and bring her focus back to the issue of behaviour when she is calm. also she looks really sheepish when we laugh at her, so while I do not recommend it, it sort of has had an effect to make her think how silly she looks... (some kids are not ready emotionally for this- i was never able to laugh at my other kids)!

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My son is 15 months old and started this about a month ago too. Usually if we ignore him he stops but I've noticed that he does it most when he needs a nap and I ask him if he needs to have a nap and he usually goes to his room. I've also just started putting him in his crib, with the light on, for no more than a minute or two when he does it. He cries until you get him out but when you get him out he stops doing what ever bad behavior he was doing. We hug and snuggle and then he plays nicely.

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Thanks everyone! I just think it will be (maybe) easier when she is a little older to understand that bad behavior is not acceptable! Too funny to hear other children her age are having the same issues!!! Good luck to all of u 2!

Sharalyn - posted on 11/25/2009

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Mine does!!! I don't pay it no mind though. She stops as soon as I walk away from her and continue on doing what I was doing. If it gets out of hand thats when I would take away everything she enjoys, toys to food and let her know when she starts to behave in a more acceptable manner then she can have them back. Hope this helps.

Shannon - posted on 11/25/2009

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Mine does too, he even bounces his head off the floor, I have walked away from him he usually stops for a few, that is until he gets in my view again and it starts all over. We have just started a time out for a few and it is starting to help. he doesn't like sitting still.

Nikki - posted on 11/25/2009

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haha yes other 15 month olds do do this my son has a temper and he has also started throwing himself on the floor hitting it and kicking also, im going to try ignore it, it usually only lasts a few seconds. my thing would be to never give in to him. i hope they dont get worse but as he gets older it will be so good to be able to talk it threw with them but until then i hope ignoring helps, good luck if u find another approach that works for you make sure you write and let me no alse :)

Kate - posted on 11/24/2009

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Alfie arches his back if you pick him up and move him away from something, after he has been told 'no!' I completely ignore it and it now happens less

Julie - posted on 11/24/2009

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mine just learned it from his sister who is almost 3. We ignore it and it stops pretty quick with my daughter she is old enough now that we just tell her we dont want to hear and to take it to her bedroom until shes done that usually stops it right away. I think the ignoring at 15 months works the best. They are looking for a reaction and when they get none it takes a couple times but they learn that it gets them no where. my daughter was the worst so i think girls definatly are different and take a bit longer. good luck and i hope its a short lived phase.

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