7 Month Old Tantrums

Jessica - posted on 09/20/2014 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My little boy is 7 months old and has started throwing tantrums over things. He has always reacted this way a little when he is tired but it has gotten worse the last week. He has start bawling like he is hurt when we don't feed him fast enough, take away his mesh fruit eating ring when its gone (I don't know what it's called but lets him suck on fruit without getting chunks) If his toys get out of his reach, he hates his belly so if he is put on his stomach, or if he is laid down on his back and he wants to sit up, when I'm not holding him right. I have tried redirecting his attention, give him his binky, talking to him sternly telling him to "stop it" "Your ok or fine" "no" he cries just as hard and i mean full on alligator tears! He has started the teething process so he could just want to be held because he doesn't feel good, but its ridiculous! I don't want to be that mom that runs to him every time he cries, so do I let him cry it out? Do I comfort him for the next little bit in case he just isn't feeling good and tired? I don't know how to help him understand he can't cry like this to get what he wants. I know they cry to communicate but he hasn't cried like this. It just feels like he is throwing a fit more than anything, crying for no reason. Any suggestions?

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Ev - posted on 09/21/2014

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Grace-he is a baby. He does not know what the meaning is. He will not understand he needs to stop as he is 7 months old and has needs that need to be meant. Crying and fussing are some of the only ways he can communicate those needs. Its not going to spoil him if she holds him a lot. But she can do those other things I suggested to make him happier. And if that does not take care of it then his doctor needs to be consulted. Babies are just learning language. They might understand tones but not words until a bit older.

Grace - posted on 09/21/2014

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Dont be harsh about it just tell him that you have tryed to tell him to stop but he continues he will understand.

Ev - posted on 09/21/2014

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He is SEVEN MONTHS OLD. He does not have the capablity to understand what you mean when you tell him no, he is fine, and to stop it. He has needs that you as his mother need to meet. That is why he cries. You said he is maybe teething. Maybe you should try taking him to the doctor and have him checked out good from head to toe. He could be having attachment issues and wants to be with you all the time. But you can not expect a child under the age of 1 to understand what you as an adult does or what a 5 year old child can. As for tummy time, he may not like it at all and that is why he cries and fusses about it. Redirection of attention is lost on one this age. Babies do get frustrated and upset when they do not like something or they can not reach something because at this age they can't. And by giving him what he needs at this age is not giving in to his wants or desires because those wants and desires are what allows him to thrive and grow right now. The type of action you are taking is for a child who is older than this. Comfort him, talk to him, play with him, try a swing when you have to do things and can not hold him, keep working on tummy time,

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