anyone else's 7 month old throwing fits?

Brittany - posted on 01/23/2010 ( 47 moms have responded )

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my son was 7 months on jan. 14. just this week he has started throwing fits if he doesnt get his way. if he cant reach a toy or doesnt like what someone is doing. when we change his diaper, if he doesn't want it changed, he will kick and scream. i know he is just a baby, and i dont punish him for his fits. but my older son never did this at this age. he was older (around 9-12 months) before he started throwing tantrums and throwing himself in the floor (another thing my little guy is doing). just wondering if anyone else was going through this. Thanks!!!

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yep my son does that too.. but i dont give in ..most fo the time unless it is a need like a bottle or a diaper change ..and what i do is if i need to change his diaper i give him a bottle ( juice or milk) until im finished..he usually doesnt kick me or scream when he eats so yeah try that..

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Yes, my daughter has and she is 7 months. I tell her to stop it and give her a VERY LIGHT pop on the leg. She tends to throw herself out too. I want to nip it in the butt.

Sarah - posted on 01/25/2010

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My son Aedan was 7 months on January 7th. The last week or so he hasn't wanted to be with me at all. He wants to be held by his daddy, put to sleep by his daddy, basically everything. I wouldn't mind, and neither does he but he works all day so I am at home with Aedan and he freaks out if he can't be with his daddy. I've made some improvement with Aedan but its been extremely difficult. If we even try to put him down he will scream. I've gotten to the point where I have to just let him scream and walk away.

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my 7 month is doing this too... but we have been very stricked on her right from the go.

if she gets sooky or starts to squeel for no reason we either so "AHHH NO!" in a loud voice and shake our finger at her or tell her "NONSENCE" or "THATS ENOUGH"!

not loud enough to be shouting but loud enough to get her attention and make her stop. sometimes ive even had to clap my hands at her first to get that attention before i say no.

makes you feel stupid saying no to a baby but they learn quicker than they let on... best to start sooner rather than later!

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Lizzy - posted on 08/30/2012

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Ok its been awhile since you've posted hows baby now and do u have any advice me baby girl started same thing about 2weeks ago

Sally - posted on 07/11/2012

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My grandson is 21 mths, and i look after him on a full time basis, he is going through a stage of not wanting his nappy changed and not wanting to get dressed, He screams the house down and fights it. It is wearing me out as he is very strong, the only way i can do this is to distract him with giving him unusual items other than toys.

Have you got any ideas on helping me with this.

Many thanks

Sally (Granny)

User - posted on 02/23/2012

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i have a 14 month boy and he has fits that sound the same blue fits so the doctor says my son is a very quiet babie and the say that it from working him self up and holding his breath and makes his lips blue and has a lil fit i have been 2 hospital 3 times and they say the same each time but i still have my concerns as it does freak ya out when your baby is fitting and breating they say they should grow out of it be for he is 3 but as i say im still getting advice from other places

Skye - posted on 02/05/2010

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my son is 7 months and is pulling tantrums if he doesnt get what he wants!i lay hiim down on the changin matt and ignore him hes gettin better,i wouldnt worry i think all babies go through this stage sum quicker then others xx

Sharon - posted on 02/02/2010

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my daughter does the tanty too! I guess it must be really frustrating for them, not being able to do much for themselves. If she gets really hysterical I take her outside to sit and she stops and watches the trees. Then we can have a cuddle and try again. I try not to think of it as naughty but rather trying to get herself heard.

Christine - posted on 01/30/2010

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My son just turned 7 months on Jan 28. He usually does this when I am trying to get him dressed or undressed, and then he throws a fit. When I tell him "NO" or call him by name in a stern tone he usually calms down. JUst stay in contol at all times.

April - posted on 01/29/2010

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My daughter who was 7 months on Jan 10th did start to throw things if she doesn't want them, but I agree with you needing to discipline them right away! I don't mean physically, but explain to them the reason they are not to do these things. They are not to young and can NOT be underestimated! I think that at this age with all the teething they are going through and lack of sleep they get it is more agitation than anything, but if not stopped it will become habit.

Jessy - posted on 01/29/2010

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Oh yeah almost every time I change my daughters clothing she throws a fit,or when she is tired. I guess you just gota laugh at it for now cause they can't talk to us to tell us whats wrong.

Laura - posted on 01/29/2010

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Oh yes my little man has become an expert tantrum thrower. it's best not to coddle him when he starts throwing fits. I let my son cry it out if i know he's just throwing a tantrum. right now his tantrum are mostly because he's trying to crawl so i just have to leave him alone and let him try and soon he'll get it. :)

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My Daughter does this too! she'll hit us so we've been saying no don't hit and she stops right away, but then glares at me lol. we also say thats enough or something like your upset that you can't reach the toy or i took the toy away and she calms.I want her to grow up learning it's ok to express herself just without hitting/pinching etc. i figure it'll get easier as she gets older and communicate better with what she wants

Dawn - posted on 01/29/2010

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I can relate to the diaper change. My son will be 8 months on Feb 5th. He started having tantrums about diaper changes around 6 1/2 to 7 months. I have found that if I pre-occupy him before the diaper change it helps. Just playing and making funny faces, he calms right down and doesn't freak out during the change.

Raven - posted on 01/29/2010

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my son turned 7 months on the 24th he recently started throwing fits about being put in his car seat, when i dont rock him to sleep and anytime someone leaves the room. doc says seperation anxiety, and not to cater to him. says if i run to him or do something for each fit it will be hard to break him of behavior i.e. screaming to get his way or attention.

Jessica - posted on 01/28/2010

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Yes, my 7 m.o. is starting to go through the "bratty" phase too! Now, if I try to take something out of his hand to pick him up, for example, he just starts wailing! I don't know how they learn this! He's not around any other kids, except once or twice a week for an hour or so at church! I guess they all go through it!

Michelle - posted on 01/28/2010

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My daughter just turned 7 months Jan 17 and she does the same thing. She even jumps up and down if your holding her standing up while shes throwing her fit...

Amber - posted on 01/28/2010

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Yep! She even has this obnoxious high pitched scream she likes to use! I tell her no in a stern voice now for various infractions, but there isn't really any appropriate punishment for a 7 month old. I'm thinking we may have our hands full with these spirited little ones! Glad to hear I'm not alone! Hang in there!

Jillena - posted on 01/28/2010

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LOL! For sure! My daughter Audrah throws a fit every morning when I am trying to change her cloths so we can go to work. I think she is not a morning person like her mommy!

Jennifer - posted on 01/27/2010

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Mine throws fits too! He just started this last week, he wants to do everything HIMSELF like he's a 2 year old! If I try to give him a bottle, Lord help me he throws a tantrum, so I have to trick him into thinking that it's his idea, works every time!

Nataly - posted on 01/27/2010

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Oh geez if my seven-month-old son dont get it his way then its yelling and crying around the house. lol He turned seven months the 24th of this month. I think this a stage where they grow trough this stuff and its totally normal. They want to test our limits ! i love him tho :)

Erin - posted on 01/27/2010

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Yep! My daughter is a week away from 8 months and she now throws fits in the middle of the night. Around 2-4 she wakes up squirming out of my arms and hitting. After about an hour she falls back to sleep. Very odd. But I do get a few during the day as her little princess attitude is forming. :)

Tracey - posted on 01/27/2010

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My son is doing the same thing. I think this is a phase because they are finally able to recognize that they want or don't want something. When I change Hayden's diaper, he whines like crazy and even tries to block me with his legs. I just laugh at him. He also gets mad if I take something from him. He is also going through the stage where, if I have something, he immediately wants it.



I'm getting my son into some play dates to diffuse this situation. I'm hoping that works.

Deborah - posted on 01/27/2010

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My son was 7months on the 24th, he's not a crabby baby by far but he still gets very annoyed if i put him to bed or there's no food left. I've taken to do as I do with Dogs and making a sharp "eh" sound to get attention and then holding my hands out in a "stop" sort of gesture while telling him "no more". That deff helps with the feeding upset, as for bedtime i just tell him goodnight firmly when the routine is done and leaving the room. These days he's usually over it within 5 minutes.

Deborah - posted on 01/27/2010

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My son was 7months on the 24th, he's not a crabby baby by far but he still gets very annoyed if i put him to bed or there's no food left. I've taken to do as I do with Dogs and making a sharp "eh" sound to get attention and then holding my hands out in a "stop" sort of gesture while telling him "no more". That deff helps with the feeding upset, as for bedtime i just tell him goodnight firmly when the routine is done and leaving the room. These days he's usually over it within 5 minutes.

Lorelei - posted on 01/27/2010

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My 7 month old is doing this too!

I think it's just him trying to figure out how to communicate what he feels. When I change his diapers, instead of aggravating myself by trying to control his tantrum, I give him a toy to distract him. I can only imagine how sensitive those areas are and how strange it must feel to have a cold wipe on my warm bottom. I works Great!!! :D

He has just cut his first tooth last week and has been irritable due to his discomfort, in result he doesn't seem happy any where! In his play pen with his toys, running around in his walker, or even in my arms. Thats when we go outside for a walk or take a bath. I think he's just getting board and needs different stimulation. It usually fixes the problem! I've just started to rotate his toys too. This has also been helping, new things to play with seem to distract him.

Good luck!

Leigh - posted on 01/27/2010

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Mine was 7 months on the 10th and he has been throwing fits too. He will throw his head back and scream and cry. I guess it's the age. We usually just tell him to stop but it's not like he can hear us lol. I'm sure they will grow out of it.

Fiorella - posted on 01/27/2010

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Soooo glad to hear all this! My daughter (Sapphire) turned 7m on the 15th and she's got the biggest attitude at times! She too holds her breath, clenches fists and makes grunting noises. She also makes really lound gremlin noises (sounds like it must hurt her throat!!) - I tell her NO firmly, she'll stop and listen for second, then turn away and smile & start again! I have tried literally ignoring the noises but not giving her eye contact when she makes them, but now she uses the "gremlin: voice to try & talk! She throws herself back while i'm holding her, or bucks her way out of a high-chair or bath. Its so hard not to laugh!?!

Mellissa - posted on 01/26/2010

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OK well maybe Iam just lucky then. My daughter turned 7 months on Jan.19 and she does not throw fits. She has a little seperation anxiety when I leave the room and will cry, but not for very long. She has been teething since November and is working on her 3rd tooth right now. My daughter is also like a wiggily worm, but its only becuase she would rather be somewhere else then laying down while I change her diaper. My daughter has had one of those fits where she turns all red, but only a few times when I havent been able to figure out what she wanted.

Dianne - posted on 01/26/2010

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my son just turned 7 months yesterday and he has started to scream for everything, breast, food, tired of the food, diaper change, pick me up, put me down, toy out of reach - especially the remote control - changing him or putting on his clothes has become a nightmare he is like a wriggly worm and he is so strong - I say don't do that Dj and shouting and screaming is not an effective way to communicate (my hubby laughs at me when I say this cos he like what else is he gonna do), what I don't like is how serious he takes it and like the other mother mentioned his face turns red too and sometimes he chokes on his saliva and when he is finished he lets out a huge burp cos of all the air he has swallowed. I am glad I am not alone and least I know its kinda a phase and it will pass - what I really wish for is his teeth to come in - he has been teething on and off for 4 months and I am so over it. Good luck to us all - and thanks for cheering me up

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My little one is a week older than yours and we are going through the same thing. It came out of the blue and it is ridiculous how intense it is!!! (Diaper changes and getting in the car are the worst, oh, and if I sit on the couch!!!!! She HATES it when I sit on the couch!!) My husband is scared what 2 is going to look like if she's already acting this way at 7 1/2 months!

Porsha - posted on 01/26/2010

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My son turn 7 months on the 15th and is doing the same. I cant tell you why but Im interested in hear what others have to say myself.

Bridgette - posted on 01/26/2010

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I AM GOING THROUGH THIS! haha. I guess we have strong spirited little gentleman. He always trys to crawl away from me if I change his diaper and if I don't let him he'll start to scream and twist his body away from me. If I take a toy away from him to get him dressed it is like the end of the world! :) you're not the only one!

Erica - posted on 01/26/2010

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My daughter does the same thing! Annoying! I am a first time mommy and so I have a question for all you other mommys with older kids...someone please tell me this is just a phase and it will eventually go away? Or do I just have to wait for her to get big enough so I can start giving her time outs when she throws tantrums????

Andrea - posted on 01/26/2010

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Mine just turned 7 months and is now on a new kick of screaming everytime we walk out of the room! And she wants to be with me all the time and is not wanting everyone else (other than daddy or her aunt who watches her 4 days a week) and cries more for them. I hope it's a phase. I too tell her "no" or "you stop that crying" but that seems to be all we can do as they're still so little and are learning...

Renee - posted on 01/26/2010

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My little one has started to hold her breath, clench her teeth and fists and makes her face turn red when she doesn't like having her diaper changed or her food or you take a toy away. Or better yet, when I try to wipe her nose! She looks like she's turning into the incredible hulk! Its pretty funny.

Shawna - posted on 01/26/2010

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My daughter also throws little fits and screams. I will say NO! in a loud voice and then she will stop. Sometimes she will cry like I hurt her feelings but I know she is understanding what is going on and know that, Okay when mom says no I better not do it.

Chasity - posted on 01/26/2010

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my daughter is doing the samething.... she will throw herself back and staart screaming and crying till someone gives her what she wants and picks her up.....

Brittany - posted on 01/26/2010

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im glad im not the only one! lol. he is teething, but he has been for 5 months and still not teeth! he has never slept through the night! but starting last week if i walk out of the room or if he cant reach a toy or thinks someone is ignoring him, he will just scream, not cry, just scream!!! i feel like im going to go crazy!!!!

Melissa - posted on 01/25/2010

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My son was 7 months on 1/13- he definitely yells now and cries more when he doesn't get his way or sometimes just because we leave the room. He's also teething so he's more crabby than usual. He's been a very happy baby up to this point and has slept through the nite since he was 4 months old. I'm praying this too shall pass :o)

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my daughter is the exact same way and she is 7mnths too if u dont punish your son he will continue to do so all i do to my daughter is say ah ah ah or no and point my finger and she stops

Jennifer - posted on 01/25/2010

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Yes! My 7 month old son has recently developed an attitude. When he doesn't get his way he will scream at me and start to cry.

Cori - posted on 01/23/2010

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Your little one may have also seen big brother throwing his fits and be copy catting the behavior. That could be why he learned it earlier.

Cori - posted on 01/23/2010

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My was 7 mos on Jan 4th. He has to wear these special orthopedic shoes. His feet curve in a bit because of how he was positioned in the womb. He is normally a very easy going kid but he has thrown a couple big fits because of having to put on the shoes. One time he decided he didn't want me at all and my hubby was in the shower. I ended up just letting him fuss and roll around for a few minutes in his crib. Then I went back in and he put his arms out to be picked up and was fine.



He is also going through the clingy teething phase. Sometimes if we leave the room for a minute he starts fussing a lot but it isn't a true fit. Hope it helps. Good luck!

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