is my baby a hyperactive tot or not???

Meg - posted on 10/20/2011 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My baby is 20months. I always share my love and thoughts complimenting my baby that he's adorable, the sweetest, smart and intellegent. But aside from that he's also the naughty, super active, hyper baby I've ever seen. He can be very loving, fond, affectionate and one minute later he will shout and slap me then I will get mad and he'll just kiss me, hug me and caress my face like saying sorry. Outside he socialize easily with other kids, he's actually very friendly, he can play around with other babies, running with them then out of the blue he'll take others toy or push them over. At home he play cars, watch tv, read books, and construct legos yet it seems not enough. He always want more, looking for something new and his curiosity is above all. He's full of energy, never stop, he cannot able to sit still in one place, always ready to explode. In spite of our very busy active day he still find hard time to sleep, though he's sleepy he still try to open his eye and play. At the end of the day I'm exhausted and he's not. I don't know what to do.

Do you have same stories???

xx,Meg

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Sarah - posted on 10/20/2011

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Sounds like an intelligent normal toddler to me. The ability to share with others doesn't come till much later. As far as sleep goes, does he have a calming bedtime routine, eg bath, maybe a massage and stories.

Also is he still napping during the day? It may help if he does.Sometimes hyper behaviour is a sign of over-tiredness. We tend to assume that children will slow down when they're tired, but sometimes, if they've been very stimulated during the day, they seem to have more energy than ever! A good, calming routine will help.

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Meg - posted on 10/25/2011

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Sharon: my baby too!!! its like he enjoy more if I ask his help, and he love doing all things i do.. he's so energetic!!!

Karen: yes going outside and playing at the park helps me alot, he's more calm and he enjoy alot!!! only time i can relax a bit :)

Karen - posted on 10/24/2011

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Getting them out of the house is key!! I don't know if it'll calm them down, but they can run around somewhere else for a bit and save your house for a while. We try to go to mommy 'n me once a week and sometimes I'll pop over to the in-laws for coffee, so grandma can love them for a bit. LOL

Sharon - posted on 10/22/2011

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Oh yeah, Xander LOVES to help me with the washing & cleaning. He has his own cleaning supplies and follows me around (old cleaning spray bottle filled with water, and a rag). And his newest thing is to put something in the middle of the floor (can be anything, a toy, a pair of undies lol, anything he wants), and runs around it in circles, then falls in a heap in the beanbag, then he gets up and does it again. He keeps going until he is out of breath! Energetic little boys!!!

Meg - posted on 10/22/2011

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thanks Karen & Sharon: my son can't stay in one place he just keep looking for something, he can play with his toys maximum 5 minutes then look for another things to do. and he seems to enjoy playing with my stuffs, bag, wallet, kitchen households he also know how to turn on our washing machine. he just everywhere doing my things! i know its funny but sometimes i really feel crazy how to stop him. i was thinking of taking him to day care even for once or twice a week at least he can have some time with other kids at his age. it maybe help to calm him down a bit.

Sharon - posted on 10/21/2011

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Sounds similar to our almost 2yr old. He can't sit still, and will be bored of one activity after about 5mins. I find if he gets bored, then he get s bit naughty, or when he's tired. Thankfully he has discovered, in them past month or so, that sleep is actually good, and he'll more often than not ask for his daytime nap by saying to me 'nigh nigh', and putting his head on his hand kinda imitating sleep, but on the days he doen't tell me at midday he is down for a sleep whether he likes it or not, and he always falls asleep. He does go to daycare twice a week so that atleast helps break up his normal day-to-day things at home.

Karen - posted on 10/21/2011

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At that age they usually only nap just in the afternoon., I have very busy bodied boys. my (almost) 3yr old and now my 16 mth old (who follows big brother) gets into everything. They dump out toys, climb on the table they both push chairs around the house to climb on counters, open doors. I feel like I'm just doing damage control all day. I have to sit with the oldest just to get him to lay down for a bit. have fun!

Meg - posted on 10/21/2011

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Sarah, Erin & Emma: thank you guys for your comments at least i learned i'm not alone in this kind of situation. well my baby usually sleep during the day 1hr in the morning, 1hr in the afternoon then later he just changed i don't know maybe because he's growing up now he just sleep in the afternoon. i will try all your advice hopefully it works. thanks again!!! xx,Meg

Stifler's - posted on 10/20/2011

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My son is the same. Never sits still and is up at 5am partying tipping things out and waking his sister up.

Ez - posted on 10/20/2011

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Yep sounds completely normal. Although I would be working hard to make sure he has a nap, even if that means you need to lay down with him. When children get overtired they get even more chaotic, so if you manage to get him settled in a decent nap routine you may find your afternoons and evenings go smoother.

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