Liz - posted on 09/21/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )
My daughter is 20 months old, with a corrected age of 17 months due to prematurity. She has recently begun to have tantrums, which we were expecting and primed to deal with according to such techniques as those advised by the Supernanny.
During the last week, however, she's begun to have a regular full-on screaming tantrum, where she becomes utterly hysterical, simply at getting up in the morning. Whether it's being picked up out of her crib, being laid on the changing table cushion, having her diaper changed, washing or putting her clothes on, this is all suddenly a battle ground.
We don't wake her up and only go to pick her up when she's fully alert and clearly ready to be getting up. We've tried putting her back in her crib and walking away, giving her time to cool down, but even when she totally calms down and starts talking to her toys happily, the screaming starts again the minute we go to pick her up.
She plays happily all day, including in the days when she is at daycare and is generally healthy and happy, though she does have an ear infection at the moment that is being treated by antibiotics. She is happy to play with and interact with both of us and with her friends and still likes to be cuddled in the day time when she wants to be comforted.
I just can't work out what it is about getting up in the morning that has her screaming hysterically and trying very hard to throw herself out of our arms. Nothing has really changed since she was fine about all this!
Any help or advice would be very much appreciated, thanks!