What should I do when my 6 months old baby whining?

Diana - posted on 05/14/2011 ( 11 moms have responded )

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What should I do when my 6 months old baby whining? I'm teaching sign language but she can't sign yet.. What else I can do to deal with the whining?

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Jennifer - posted on 05/14/2011

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I know babies vocalize a lot and try different sounds, but there is a VERY HUGE difference between vocalizing and whining.

Obadiah - posted on 09/01/2014

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BABIES DO WHINE!! i dont know what the HECK you are talkin about.. or what kind of "perfect kid" you have. but they DO whine. when there is nothing wrong. FED, CHANGED, ROCKED, BURPED, CLEAN, ENTERTAINED, MEDICATED (IF NEEDED). everything is taken care of, and they still are making a crying/yelling/ well..... whining sound.

so maybe in the future you can say that YOUR child doesnt whine. and not generalize and assume that other peoples babies dont whine.

Nikki - posted on 05/14/2011

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She wants something, so take the time to work out her cues. Is she hungry, wet, tired, bored, wants a cuddle. Work out what she needs and give it to her.

Jennifer - posted on 05/14/2011

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I'm not sure how I would deal with it, but I wouldn't just give her whatever she wanted because if she is whining already and you give her whatever she wants in response to the whining then it teaches her to whine whenever she wants something to get it! Think of it just like a kid throwing a tantrum and the parent giving into it, whining is just the prequel to tantrums and a tamer version of it lol. The reason why I am not sure how I WOULD deal with it is because 6 months is really young to start whining. But if I think of any ideas, I'll let you know.

Diana - posted on 05/14/2011

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dear all, thanks for the replies and helpful tips. She makes the uhmmm uhmmm sound (sometimes with high pitch) when fussing. If we ignore her/can't get what she wants, she will scream/cry.

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JuLeah - posted on 05/14/2011

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They don't whine at thsi age, they communicate with the only language they have. Sign is good, as it give her language. How are you teaching? You sign with her each time you interact, or you focus on one or two words until they are learned? So, she is hungey and you sign milk until she learns to connect the sign with the action .... and then can ask for it.
She will communictae with you if she is in need, and what she needs is for you to understand ... real whining will come soon enough, so no worries

Jennifer - posted on 05/14/2011

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Usually at 6 months babies don't whine is why I am asking. They cry and complain lol but when you hear them whine there is no mistaking it lol. What I said was just for whining. When you say cannot get what she wants meaning cannot do something by herself, reach something, tell you what she wants?
Lol I wouldn't suggest you ignore her unless she really is whining. As I said, my reply was literally for whining lol. And helping her put words to what she wants, even if it's your words and not hers, she might get quiet when you say the right word if she recognizes it and that's what she wants. Or helping her figure out whatever it is she's frustrated with might help, too....because if she's fusses and doesn't whine, then that's different.
Good luck.

Jennifer - posted on 05/14/2011

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Are you sure your baby IS whining? There is a remarkable difference between whining and them vocalizing or testing out sounds or even screeching like little babies will do to test out their vocal capabilities as well lol Do you mean whining or being fussy?

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My son's favorite place in the WORLD is in the bathtub. When he had a bad day...(and that's what I would classify whining all day as) We would crank up the stereo...and go play in a nice warm bubble bath. Finding something fun changes the whiney attitude...the warm water relaxes him...the bath is ALWAYS welcome in MY book...and it was a great excuse as to why dinner's not ready. ;)
You might consider teething...even if you don't see a tooth yet...they ARE coming in. Try a shot of Tylenol one time and see if that makes a difference.

Jenn - posted on 05/14/2011

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At six months old, she isn't technically whining..she is trying to communicate. I agree you need to learn her cues. Babies also like to hear themselves so she is likely trying out sounds. The whining sounds will eventually form word sounds. And remember when you are signing to her that you verbalize the word as well...she may surprise you and become an early talker!

Tina - posted on 05/14/2011

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If she doesn't want anything she might just be testing out the vocal chords. My son does it.

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