Fussy Fussy Fussy

Lianne - posted on 08/19/2015 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Hello there moms,
So i want to start out by saying I have not had any children of my own YET! BUT i did raise my 3 younger siblings all 3 from diapers as my mom was not around. she pretty much had them and handed them off... Cut to now, I am a full time nanny for a baby boy. He is amazing. Very smart and beautiful. His mommy just returned to work full time about a month ago and we just overcame the going from strictly breast feeding and never having been given a bottle to mostly bottle with a morning and evening breast feeding (or 2). That was a battle and now we are perfectly fine with that. Next issue... NOW the LO doesn't want to be put down. He doesn't want to lay, sit, rock, swing, NOTHING. he only wants to be held. I understand that he is figuring out he is a separate person from his mother right now and that might have a lot to do with it. He does this thing and the closest thing I can say to explain it and i hope this doesn't make anyone mad... is he "fake cries" he makes all the sounds and faces of crying but no tears no red eyes or face. just the sounds and facial gestures. Anyone have any suggestions or advice about what approach I should take here. I have spoken to the parents and we have all agreed he has to learn to self soothe a little bit and that he needs to learn that he can't be held 24/7. so on that note i have discussed it with Mom/Dad. With that being said... any thoughts??

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Lianne - posted on 08/19/2015

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i do this too, i make sure to interact with him when he starts to fuss, but is it ok that every time he fusses someone is trying to soothe him? does he need to be able to self soothe a little bit better? he literally will not stop "fake crying" unless you are holding him or you are right above him intensely interacting with him. Even if i sit him in front of me on the couch and I'm facing him and he can see me, he still will fuss and "fake cry" until he is picked up, once that happens he is fine.

Sabrina - posted on 08/19/2015

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You may just have to let the child "fake cry", try and find other ways to distract

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