Squealing - Please help

Nicole - posted on 07/28/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My boy has just started squealing over the last few days and I'm worried that if I don't nip it in the butt now it will be a problem in the future. Has anyone else had this happen and how did they stop it??

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Jaime - posted on 07/28/2009

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OK I am a mother of three I know alot about the squealing thing.There are two things you can do .One of then would be a big mistake . I know I made it. I have a three year old son whom I hushed constently as a baby to make him be quite . So now I am payign the price for it. He dosn't talk. Very little if that. So My sujestion to you and I am testing this out with my new son now 7 months old now but started early. Beleve it or not but you can teach them inside and outside noises and what is apropate for the time. And another thing when they are Vocalising that is there way to start understanding there bodies and if supressed to much well your little one could end up like mine. I Plead with you, you don't want that. I know I am paying for it dearly now.Trying to get my son to talk is like pulling teeth now not good :((((.But he is inproving talking a little more each day. We have special Teacher and classes for him that he has to have becuse of it, and it is helping . :))) . Now what I was saying about teaching your little one about inside voice and outside voice. is to exsample it for them playing a game if you will. With my little one I do this at home first that to be Sucesfull at home then better chance of be sucessful in other places as well. I wisper really quitly when your little one is calm and you will begin to see that he or she will start making small sounds quitely and prase him or her for that "Good, Inside voice Inside voice" . And do this a small intervals though out the day and befor to long before they are really loud. you will know what to do. And another thing It is just as equally important to give them times that they can be loud and test there little voices as well. Outside or when you are just out about. teaching them that this is a apropreate time to be loud and they will have fun with this one too. when they get older you can lable the game I have called it the " Quite inside Voice game / Quite mouse game" and the "Loud outside Voice game / Loud Lion game" that helps them desint between them and make it fun for them and they are less likly to have problems . I will be fun for them :) I hope that this helped you. Another Mom taught me this game and it works I have three little gift from God and it works when needed to be :))) God Bless you ! I pray that this will help you :) @}-',--'-------------

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This is a normal part of development. He's trying out his new vocal skills and enjoying seeing the cause and effect. If the effect that he gets is you telling him to be quiet all the time, all that teaches him is that you aren't interested in what he has to "say". This phase, like all of them, passes. You just have to avoid places where it would be terribly inappropriate (like a fancy restaurant or a quiet church service- I took mine to the nursery during this phase) and enjoy all that cuteness. Tell anyone who gives you dirty looks to kiss off. It never bothers me to hear a little baby squealing and making noise in a store or anywhere else that is not specifically meant to be super quiet. I think it's adorable! It's the whining, arguing 2 year olds that get on my last nerve. The two things are TOTALLY unrelated though. There is nothing "bad" about an infant squealing.

Patricia - posted on 07/28/2009

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I am sooo glad I am not the only one. My little one is 14 months and he does the same thing. I try not to over react, because then it brings more attention to the "problem." After making sure he is not hurt, hungry or pooped. I do, as calm as I can, give him the shhhh (finger over my lips). I have also tried giving him words to use too. Hope his helps.

Nicole - posted on 07/29/2009

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Thanks for all the great comments, sometimes it's hard as everyone is telling you what to do and what should be happening. It can get rather confusing.

Joella - posted on 07/28/2009

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My little girl does the same, she's 11 months and it's defining. She does it to get my attention and when she's happy. I don't think it's a problem, they will grow out of it. I figure at least she's happy, not screaming crying!

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Victoria - posted on 04/02/2014

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Thank you all for these great comments. My 11 month old and 3 yr old scream at the top of their lungs back and forth to each other. Its making me and my husband absolutely crazy. But one thing I read , and it is starting to work, is to go up to him when he's doing it and start making soft sing song noises. Do this repeatedly and he will respond in kind. As for my 3 year old the inside outside voice game works as long as you do it in repetition to make it sink in as a habit.

Kate CP - posted on 07/28/2009

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Well, I guess I was the only one who thought it was cute to hear my daughter do that. :)

She and I would sit around for hours just making noises back and forth at each other. I would sing a pitch and she would sing it back perfectly. I had a ton of fun with it. I tend to think that as a result of that she actually sings (at 3 years!) rather than just shouting the words. :)

If people don't like a squealing baby they can shove it. It's a sign he's happy. :)

Nicole - posted on 07/28/2009

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Wow, thanks for all the comments. My little boy will be six months in two days time and I am getting conflicting stories that if I let him squeal it will make him one of those horrible children in the supermarket and if I don't allow it he won't grow in the way he should. I think perhaps its a good idea to encourage whilst playing but not encourage when out. What's everyone's thoughts?

Heidi - posted on 07/28/2009

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My youngest daughter did that for the longest time, I thought I would lose my mind. It seems at it was just a new way to get our attention and since both my husband and I hated the sound so much, it worked. I found with my oldest that if you ignore the bad habits (things that you can tolerate that won't make them horrible people as they get older) than it loses the importance to them to do those things (such as the squealing). Does that make sense? Hope it helped a little.

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My youngest son used to squeal whenever he went out to play with the other kids. He must have been about 2-3 years old at the time. It used to drive me insane. One of my ex-neighbours even came hammering on my door to complain. In the end it got so bad that I kept him in and made him watch the other kids from the window. I told him that if he stopped squealing then he could go out. It took a couple of weeks but in the end he got the message and never squealed again.

Libby - posted on 07/28/2009

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How old is this child? If it's your little one in the pic I'd have to say it's a new way that he's learned to communicate. I wouldn't necessarily try to stop him from this. I also don't necessarily feel a squeal is a bad thing and I don't think others around you would think that either. Perhaps I'm wrong and the scenario is different, but that's my opinion on the info you gave. Hope that helps!

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