3 month old screaming

Candice - posted on 04/03/2010 ( 19 moms have responded )

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My 3 month old son has just started screaming as his 'new thing'. He used to giggle lots, especially when he would wake up from his big sleeps throughout the night but now he just screams and squeals- not in distress - but just does it for attention I think. He does it while he is laying on his play mat too or in his bouncer. It's only been happening for 2 weeks now. I thought maybe he is going through a growth spurt and is just really hungry so he is screaming for food, He doesnt do it all day everyday but only at certain times and it's sooo loud and noisy. Sometime i just laugh to myself but sometimes it gives me a headache!

Anyone else had this? It's hard because I try to tell him no but he is way too little to understand.

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Janelle - posted on 04/14/2010

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Yes, my son did this too for about 2 weeks at this age, usually at night before bed time, then it passed. He had this really weird "possessed" kind of energy at night and sometimes during the day. It has passed now and he is back to falling asleep easily at night, but there are new things happening now! I am so motivated to post about the book I am reading right now as it has been such a huge help to me on a number of these discussion threads called "The Wonder Weeks". For me since Will has been born, if he is what I call "off" - not eating well, not sleeping wel, fussy, clingy, etc, I think "hmm, what is up, is there anything I should be doing differently, etc". This book tell you that is is not anytihng you are doing wrong, and there is nothing wrong with you child, it is just that they are going through a mental/nervous system developmental stage - and during those weeks, you child will be more of the 3 c's - crying, cranky and clinging to mom. It tells you what the mental and development change is for that period, what you can expect from them with the 3 c's (like not sleeping well, playing strange, etc), and the best part is, there is nothing you can do except help them with some play time activity - and they suggest some stuff! Then, at the end of those weeks as it is emerging, you can expect the sun to shine and your kid to be in a new sunny place with new skills.
http://www.thewonderweeks.com/index.php

Kimberly - posted on 04/21/2010

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My son has been doing that since he was about 3 months and is now 4 months and still doing it. I think he just likes to hear himself. I'll try to tell him NO! and he just stops and laughs at me and does it again. Good luck but I don't think it's going anywhere for awhile!

Jay - posted on 04/08/2010

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my baby 3 months is doin the same since 2 weeks .... i found out she´s not tired ... its a bellyache ....so we went to the doc a few times and he´s sayin´ its the 3 month colic .... its nice really at days she is crying like hell and at nights she´s sleepin like a lil baby ... but sometimes i think theres another reason ... cuz she is smilin´ nd laughing too a few minutes after cryin´ ... so i found out maybe its the kiss syndrom ... thats why i go to the ostheopath .... i will see what happen...

Jasmine - posted on 04/13/2010

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I'm not sure if you are referring to a playful scream or a cry type of screaming, but my son has been doing a ton of playful screaming for the last month or so, and it has gotten worse and louder! He usually screams when he is scared, tired or playing and laughing. I guess he is just communicating, I mean they can't talk...it is like a squeal...sometimes he will scream then the next minute be fast asleep Lol

Cynthia - posted on 04/05/2010

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The screech! me and my husband have a case of this too...sometimes upset sometimes happy...hes only 4 months and id like to think he is just expressing his little self so i let him go at it...unless hes in need of something of course

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Candice - posted on 05/01/2010

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My son has stopped doing this now!!! I think it was an attention thing for fun as he had lots of visitors around lately as ive been sick in hospital so he hasnt had the need to do it. Its GREAT!

Nicole - posted on 04/23/2010

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Janelle - Thanx for posting that link, it actually explains my son to a key at the moment. Going to try and find a copy.

Candice - posted on 04/21/2010

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My son does the exact same thing Kimberly! I find when I know he is due for a nap and he does it I put him in his room in his cot, shut the door (as I can still hear him lol) and then he falls asleep for about 45mins,..and its heaven for that time lol

Amanda - posted on 04/11/2010

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I have found when my daughter ( also 3 months) starts her screaming fits, that swaddling her calms her right down..usually with her some rocking chair time puts her right to sleep. This makes her comfortable enough to not fight going to sleep.

Jessica - posted on 04/08/2010

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mine has not started the screaming but he does get very vocal if he is tired its cute but can be tiresome if he fighting sleep.

Samantha - posted on 04/08/2010

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My son who has just turned 3 months does the "screaming for no reason". I've even gotten sneaky enough to spy on him. My discovery was that he's usually yelling at either his security blanket, the television or the ceiling fan. Sometimes, he just starts screaming for my attention for me to play with him then put him down for his naps. He does it about an hour after feedings. I think its adorable & lets me know he's going to be extremely vocal when he's a tot--- that can be good & bad.

Tameka - posted on 04/08/2010

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My beautiful baby girl does this too. She 3 months and does it mainly when she is tired. It is so loud! She might do it when she is playing to gain attention. The main reason she does it is to tell me she is tired then I start her settling routine for bed.

Nicole - posted on 04/04/2010

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My 3 month old also does the same thing, and I have found out it's mostly because she is fighting sleep ooooorrrrr wants attention (being held mostly).

Corrie - posted on 04/03/2010

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My son is 3 months and he just started with this screaming thing. It is mostly at nite...It scares me because none of my other kids did this....What is a good thing to do for him to stop and start sleeping at nite again?

Tiffany - posted on 04/03/2010

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my 3 month old does the same thing.for no reason he will start screaming, and then start laughing.yesterday he started growling at me. its to cute. and it is very noisy.i think he will stop soon. his intrest in something else will take. good luck

Darlene - posted on 04/03/2010

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Although my son doesn't do the screaming, the 8 month old I watch does it. It's almost a screech. Sometimes it's because he's upset, but he does it when he's happy also. I've been trying to break him of it but I think Mom and Dad think it's cute. Everytime he does it, I put my finger on his mouth and say "no screaming. Let's laugh." Then do a more appropriate laugh. Someday I feel like it has been working and other days, it's constant screeching!

Candice - posted on 04/03/2010

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Sometimes when he does it he is fighting sleep. Sometimes he does it for no reason. Hope he doesn't do it for too long! He doesnt seem to do it when we go out yet so we have found thankgoodness

Sabrina - posted on 04/03/2010

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My daughter is also 3 months and seems to do the same thing, screaming and crying for reason. Give her a bottle and only drink an ounce and then start screaming again. We actually found out that she's fighting sleep. And it usually only happens at night.

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