Does anyone elses baby scream for them?

Angela - posted on 04/08/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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My 5 month old is incredible. I cant even put him down for a minute with out his screaming for me. "mama! waaahhh" I am just wondering if other moms are going through this too? Is it anxiety? or seperation issues? I just am not sure. I just hope one of these days I will be able to put him down and do a load of laundry or eat breakfast without his screaming his head off for me, any imput?

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Calli - posted on 04/18/2010

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my son is 6 months old. he doesnt scream when i put him down. but if i walk out of the room he freaks. or if i leave to go to school or work. oh my gosh. my advice...let him scream for a min. it wont hurt him. it is more harmful to you then to him. promisse. dont let him cry for along time just a few min. then when you go back in the room soothe him but dont pick him up for a min. give him a toy he likes or something he can look at. he will slowly grow ok. pick him up and soothe as much as you want though. honestly its not a bad thing. he feels safe with you. keep up the good work. :)

Nicole - posted on 04/18/2010

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I have twin boys and one of them is the same way with me. I can't even walk out of the room or he freaks out. He hardly even wants to be with anyone else except for my Mom who is with him alot also. Hopefully they grow out of this...they will right?? HA!

Steph - posted on 04/17/2010

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I think it can also just be habit. If you always "rescue" your baby when they call you back, they start thinking they need rescuing. Some babies play by themselves for ages from day one but others need help getting used to being more independent. I wouldn't recommend just leaving your baby scream and then rescuing him as he might get confused. I'd first get him used to going down on the floor or in a chair with you there playing with him. After a few of those play sessions, move a little further away from where he is. Keep doing that until you can be across the room. When you work on being able to be out of the room, pop back in frequently at first and keep up the connection by talking or singing from the next room so he knows you're there. Peek-a-boo is a great game for getting them used to the idea that when you go away, you come back. Remember, they don't really understand yet that what they can't see still exists so it's probably a bit scary when you just disappear.
If you want him to get used to being with someone else instead, I'd do much the same thing -- start off by being right there with them but *don't* immediately take him back as he'll think there's something wrong with the person to need rescuing from. Work your way up to being able to leave him happily with that person.

Good luck!

Jade - posted on 04/17/2010

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my son does this, even when he is with his dad, if i walk out the room immediately he start with mama, mama, luckily enough sometimes he is occupied with his 3 year old brother entertaining him but yes it does happen

Sarah - posted on 04/16/2010

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My daughter is the same way she was born oct.7th 2009 and she is soooooo mommy orented its not even funny I cant put her down or she freaks out. I try giving her to my husband so I can get my other two children ready for school and she screams her head of my husband is now convinced that she hates him lol if I give her to anyone else so that I can get something done she does nothing but scream at them and now that she is six months if she sees me walking by she dives for me she will do almost anything to get to me she will wiggle out of someones arms,cry louder so I hear her more, or just flings her self around untill I take her but the min I take her she stops crying. are you breastfeeding your little one? I am breastfeeding mine and I think thats the reason she crys to be with me I think that the bond of being the only one to feed her is what makes her want me so much so being apart for just a few min throughs her in to a panick attack that the food is leaving her. thats just my thinking anyway.

Tammi - posted on 04/15/2010

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Ya my daughter does that all the time too... Crazy but she is always with me or near me lol !!!

Jennifer - posted on 04/15/2010

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There is a homeopathic remedy that is supposed to help -- Pulsatilla 30C available online.

Tabitha - posted on 04/15/2010

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seperation anxiety can show up as early as 5 months.. I know I just went through it... My husband couldn't even hold her....She is getting better now but I had to learn that letting her scream for 5 minutes will not hurt her... It hurt me more.... As your letting him scream walk by him and make sure that u say something and touch him....after that 5 minutes pick him up, love him, and let him know u r not going anywhere.....worked 4 me

Ashlee - posted on 04/14/2010

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Oh wow yes! My 5 1/2 month old screams and is so spoiled by me. When anyone else tries to hold him he acts like he's dying. I guess they say to just keep trying and when they start to really scream get him back and comfort them. I try and try but it never works. He's going through a mommy phase.

Beth - posted on 04/14/2010

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yea my son does that also. hes ok for a very few mins but then thats all he can stand

Robyn - posted on 04/08/2010

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Is he teething? Try a rusk or a teething ring? or rub Bonjela on his gums! Have you got a bouncer that you can put him in and move him from room to room with you when you are doing the house work? as for sleeping just wait until he is really tired then put him in his cot. Try giving him a bottle while he is lying in his cot that might help calm him and make him drowsy. Good Luck!

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