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Cindy - posted on 10/14/2008
It sounds like your little one needs some tiring out... Going for walks and any type of stimulation that will tire him out of course. Do you have any type of learning electronic toys (age appropriate)? Something that keep the little one's attention and interest at the same time learn something from it...
Kerry - posted on 10/13/2008
Try removing some of the very colorful items from his clothing and toys. Colors have been known to stimulate, for example, when my son was small I went through the same types of behaviours, and not knowing how to slow him down was hard. An older friend told me to take the reds and yellows out of his clothing and use maily blues and greens which tend to calm. It actually worked.
I took stimulating colours like reds and yellows out of his play area, and his clothing, and used calm colours instead. It didn't stop him but made it easier to calm him into quiet activity,
Also helpful is a warm bath or swim, which tends to calm children especially if they are followed by a meal.
I never found keeping him busy to work toward wearing my son out, it just seemed to make him think i was put on the earth to amuse him, making his demands on MY time higher. More successful might be to send him outdoors for running and jumping play, keeping indoor time for reading coloring or other "chill out" activitys. Try not to get into the habit of becoming the amusement director as I found my children expected me to amuse them instead of finding their own things to do. The calmer you are the calmer your son is likely to be.
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