Shannon - posted on 06/22/2015 ( no moms have responded yet )
Hello, my 18 mo old has been a whiner since he was a little baby. I have tried to keep him engaged, learning, doing things but also have some down time, I try to limit tv, he has a lot of toys but not too many which we rotate out, sometimes he goes in the pack n play while I exercise and so he can just focus on one or two toys at a time, I take him for walks, to the store, to the zoo or other places but try not to too much, we sometimes do play dates and I try to get him around other kids, I look up sensory activities online & make things for him to do, I have him help me with dishes/laundry which he loves. I try to do all the right things for him. He's fully provided for and I'm very aware of his needs. He signs about 4 signs (american sign language) when he feels like it and we encourage him to sign or talk. Regardless of all these things he won't stop whining. I don't like giving him a binky but I do it anyway when I can't stand the whining anymore but it only helps a little. He just really never stops whining to the point that I'm miserable most of the time. He's scared me from having another baby which my husband and I wanted. There is no way I can do this again. I stay at home with him and most days I just want to run away and never come back. I've tried everything. I specifically try not to respond to the whining. I get down on his level and say "mama doesn't know what you need, please tell me" or "are you hungry?" and I'll sign hungry with him. Suggestions? Has anyone else gone through this? Someone please help! I am desperate!