Lana - posted on 03/21/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )
I am a nanny working with an almost 9 month old boy. He usually has a very calm and sweet disposition but for the last couple weeks he has been increasingly fussy during play. It seems like he whines for 6 out of the 9 hours I am with him a day (5 days a week). I know babies go through a lot of phases, this is not my first family, and I'm pretty sure he is teething right now. However, he used to be able to play for a little while with toys by himself or with me but it seems like recently he is unable to entertain himself at all or while I am with him. He gets bored very easily although his parents rotate his toys. I try not to overwhelm him with things. If he isn't interested in one toy we will move on to a new one. He is very mobile, crawling everywhere and pulling himself up on everything and sometimes I will just hold his hands and we will walk around. Lately, he has been crawling all over me and whining and sometimes starts full on crying for no reason and continues to whine even if I am holding him. I've seen him do it with his parents as well. They work very long hours so I really want to deliver a happy baby at the end of the day and create a more calming day for myself but I don't know what to do. We started a class at My Gym, yesterday, and he loved it and was in a good mood. But, then at home he was super fussy and I tried a walk and he fussed through the walk. He just can't seem to get it together lately. I have been practicing patience of a whole new level the last few weeks but I am running out of ideas. Does anyone have any suggestions on what I can do to keep him more entertained and help him become somewhat self-reliant. I fear that if I constantly pick him up and just walk around with him he will get very clingy and then his parents will not be able to get anything done when they are home because he will constantly want to be held or played with. I had this issue with one of my former families so I created a schedule for the kids and it seemed to work. I've tried a schedule with my current little boy but as he is changing so quickly we can't really stick to it. Any kind of advice would be helpful. Thanks!