Need help! Active baby.

Jena - posted on 05/04/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Hi everyone. My daughter is now 10 months old, as of Sat. She is so active now! I am struggling with a couple things. One is bath time. I give her a bath every night. She won't sit in the tub. She constantly tries to keep standing up. I can't let her do that b/c she will fall and bump her teeth or head (which has happened). All she seems to want to do is stand up and play with the drain. Also during diaper or clothing changes she tries to stand up or crawl away. If I try to be more firm she starts balling. Also, bed time. She used to sleep through the night. Now she wakes up, sits up, and then stands up in her crib. She does this going to bed too. She still is a really good sleeper, its just I have to go in a couple times and keep laying her down. Well, those are the main things. I love that she is exploring and more active, its just very trying on my patience!

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Cecilia - posted on 05/06/2009

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My little guy is the same. Always a busy little bee. My husband and I used to take turns bathing with him in the big bath, but lately we've found that he does well in his little inflatable tub (inside the big bathtub) as long as he has a toy, washcloth, or something to play with. As for changing - when we change him on the floor (which is now a two person job) he loves to crawl away - he LOVES crawling around naked. But if I change him on his table, and give him a toy or a piece of paper to play with, or sing him a silly song, I can usually change him before he tries to roll away.

Rachel - posted on 05/05/2009

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My baby girl is JUST like that...non stop 24/7...the only time she is still is when she is sleeping.
She moves and is on the go, she wants to be in the action and to see everything and touch everything.
She NEVER cuddles.
I get tired out too, but at the same time I am glad that she has so much life and joy and I get excited when I think about playing sports with her when she gets older! She is going to be a go getter!
I have found that I have to be firm with her (like during diaper changes when she fights to crawl away) and say "No, right now you need to stay and get your diaper changed. After this we can go ______" It has been working...I just have to stay consistent I guess :)
Good luck!

Marnae - posted on 05/04/2009

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I completely understand!!! My little guy is doing these things also. He is sooo squirmy and wiggly. It's so fun, but can be exhausting! He also tries to stand up in the tub and I just keep setting him down and saying "No" despite the cries. A big help has been adding some bath toys for a distraction. (And toys handy at the change table.) One thing I've read is that by this age kids understand "No." When you say "no" they can learn that it means they need to stop doing what they're doing. One thing to remember, however, is that they do not really retain this information. They may understand that they need to stop, but will go right back to the object minutes later to do the same thing. This is not the child being naughty, but a lack of retention at this point and repeating "No" and taking the object away is all you can do. That's what I've been told anyway. Keeps us on our toes though!!! Good luck, I know it can be frustrating, but sometimes just grabbing the baby for a good roll and giggle time can ease this afterwards :)

Bev - posted on 05/04/2009

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Active babies mean grey hairs for us moms! It's great to see them learn but totally understand on the frustration of it sometimes. When she is up in the night I would just keep doing what you are doing. She's just trying to keep up with what her body can now do for her. I know with all 3 of mine that you just have to ride out the storm of them squirming around when trying to bath and change them. As long as you don't change the rules on her she will learn that she has to be still sometimes, hard I know to have them cry because you won't let them do what they want every now and then but safety first! Mine have all been ticked off with me more than once but I'm over it. LOL! I have 3 red heads and the tempers do match the hair.

Jena - posted on 05/04/2009

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Also, getting into things she isn't supposed to. But I figure all I can do about that is keep things I don't want her getting into away from her and give her plenty of things to keep busy with.

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