Why has my baby changed so?

Heather - posted on 02/12/2010 ( 16 moms have responded )

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My baby was the BEST baby that I had ever seen for about 4 1/2 months, but NOW he is the biggest brat EVER. Cries ALL the time. When I pick him up its all better. :) I don't know why this is since I have never just sat around holding him and catering to his needs. He used to play in the loor or sit in his highchair while I cleaned or cooked...we talked and played, but now he just screams...all the time. We have been going to the mall and walking...2 weeks ago when we started he would sit in the stroller and play and smile at people but now he just fusses and whines... What the heck is happening??

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Lyndsay - posted on 02/17/2010

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Around this age, his vision is getting a lot better. He can see the entire world, but he is nowhere near mobile enough to get at all the neat things he can suddenly see and it is frustrating. My daughter is 5 months and has suddenly become needy and loud. There is a world out there and she is just itching to be a part of it!

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Nicole - posted on 02/26/2010

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teething? could be a growth spurt, or just a phase! Hang in there, you'll get your angel back soon!

April - posted on 02/24/2010

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It is definitely a normal thing for babies at this stage. My son is now 5 months old and does the same thing. Mommy is the only one he wants when he gets that way, which is often I'm afraid. He is teething still, has 2 teeth already, working on more. He is my little niagra falls.

Brittney - posted on 02/21/2010

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Heather you are not alone! My daughter is going to be 5 months in a week and she has a new cry. It's means "Hey b*tch get your ass over here and pick me up now!" She screams for what seems to be no reason other then she dosn't want me to put her down and she was never like that befor. The funny thing is that she only does it with me.

Jodi - posted on 02/21/2010

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Babies sleeping patterns usually change at around 5mths of age so if your little one is screaming I would say its because he is overtired. You might want to look at how long he is up between naps maybe he is displaying tired signs which can be easily missed when we are busy. Tizzy Hall's Save our Sleep explains how to solve these kind problems.



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Darlene - posted on 02/21/2010

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He may be experiencing separation anxiety. I know that happened with my oldest. I had to go back to work after I had him and about 3 months after I started working that exact thing happened and my mother was his babysitter. Do you work? Is he in daycare? You definately want to make sure he is being mistreated by anyone but it may just be anxiety. Also if he is being watched by someone, check that they are not holding him constantly either. He should grow out of it.

Yun - posted on 02/20/2010

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I think it comes down to our babies being more aware now that they are older. Object permanence (the idea that just because they can't see us, we're still there) is starting for them, so their understanding of the world is very different. I wouldn't say that your baby is a brat at all, he's just being a baby. Babies go through lots of phases. I know with my first child I thought I'd have it figured out and we'd have a great routine for awhile, but then all of a sudden nothing would work again and we'd have to figure things out again. Being a parent is about being flexible and adaptable. Sorry there's no real answer that anyone can give you that will help. It could be a multitude of things - teething, hitting milestones, better awareness. Regardless, it'll happen at every stage.

Amanda - posted on 02/17/2010

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I thought it was just me! I was wondering if I was going crazy. My son is also 4.5 months old, and he seems to HATE everything except being held or sleeping! He cries when he's sitting in his bouncy, but he used to love it! I know that he hates being alone, even if he can hear me or see me. It is so frustrating! It's nice to know that others are suffering through it too. Luckily, as of yet, my son is still content in his stroller, but I guess we'll see how much longer that lasts.

Sheila - posted on 02/17/2010

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My daughter, who is four and a half months also, is going through this similar phase. It could be teething I give her .8 ml of tylneol and then swab some baby orajel on her gums to help with that. Also her vision is getting better and she also is becoming more self aware of her surroundings and therefore is more aware when she is alone. Your son maybe doing the same thing. Alot of times me daughter will cry and scream and i don't pick her up but instead just sit in front of her so that she knows that i am still there and she's not alone. This also occurs when she's in her stroller too. If you think he's just being bratting and wants to be picked up all the time, then you can let me cry for four minutes (1 min for every month) and then pick him up sooth him and then put him back in his toy (walker, jumper, chair etc.) and keep doing that until he can play more independently. Hope this helps.

Nicola - posted on 02/17/2010

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around this time too they go through seperation anxiety when you leave them they cry they dont remember your coming back your just gone!! dramatic I know (lol)

Karen - posted on 02/16/2010

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He could be teething... I was told that kids could get teeth as young as 4 months! If you don't have the teething toys that you can refrigerate, try wrapping a piece of ice in a cloth and let him suck on it (hold it for him so there is no risk of him choking)... If it makes him feel better, you'll know he's teething! My daughter is only 23 weeks but is already showing signs of getting her first tooth!

Kimberly - posted on 02/16/2010

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I started teaching my son sign language at 4 months, he is now 5 1/2 months. Even though he can't sign back yet, when he is upset I will ask him questions like want milk, eat, play, etc and he will stop and watch me and I can tell by his reaction what it is he needs.

Sarah - posted on 02/12/2010

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Maybe it's just a phase? My son is almost 5 months, and for the past few weeks or so, I have noticed a change in his behavior, too. He doesn't seem to be as content as he used to be to just play on his playmat or sit in his swing/bouncer while I got things done around the house. As soon as I would put him down he would instantly start crying. Picking him up was the only thing that helped! He's been doing better for the past few days, so maybe it was just a little phase he was going thru? I don't know! Good luck!

Noreen - posted on 02/12/2010

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Samantha- has your daughters care taker tried spoon feeding her your breastmilk while you are at work?? It could atleast hold her over until you got back.

Noreen - posted on 02/12/2010

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Babies go through so many changes at this age. They have better control of their head, teething, they are curious, and are rolling over, some may even be ready to start scooting around on the floor. Abby is starting to go through the same thing.

Samantha - posted on 02/12/2010

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i would say it is just a phase...my daughter was perfect for the first 4 months...breastfed but bottlefed when i am at work...she took to the bottle right away but about 3 weeks ago she decided she doesn't want anything to do with it haha. so when i leave for work she screams when she is hungry till i get home

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