Please help, my 18 month old is continuously crying for attention

Lesley - posted on 05/03/2012 ( 60 moms have responded )

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From the minute he wakes up he cries. He is not poorly at the moment and not teething, he is given attention but my little girl is begining to feel it as i'm spending so much time with my son. I actually think it is all attention seeking but how can i over come this??? Has anybody got any ideas as to why he could be doing this????

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Nichole - posted on 05/03/2012

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Take him to a Dr. and demand blood work! There could be something seriously wrong with him. Prayers that isn't not, maybe it's something simple like he's growing quickly and always hungry, maybe he has separation anxiety, who knows. Start w the doc, it's the safest bet. Wish you all the best.

Crystalw_04 - posted on 05/03/2012

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depends on when it started, has he been like this since birth? my son was...never out grew it, he is 12 and has autism..cars, swings, and loud noise made it worse, I stayed in a dark room with him for months...it could be something else if this just started...I have four and he is the third...I had his brother when he was 18 months, and could not nurse my baby without him standing there crying his head off...was very stressful...he is in special school now, and we still have many issues...good luck

Kylie - posted on 05/03/2012

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If you are sure he is not unwell and there is no reason for they crying other than wanting your attention then I would let him cry it out. He needs to know that crying is not the right way to get attention. Instead wait till he is playing happily on his own, and then join in with him. It would also be a good idea to try and find some activities where they both feel included and like they have your attention. Good luck :)

User - posted on 05/03/2012

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If its only been happening for a few days it could be anything from bad dreams to attempt at habit forming behavior. Give him a hug & kiss & put him back to bed.

Raechell - posted on 05/03/2012

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She is probably jealous. Kids for the most part really like to help out so one way for her to get some extra time with u would be to let her help with ur daily chores, dishes, even If she holds a hand towel and wipes off the spoons, or give her a dust rag and have her wipe something low. Make special story times for just the two of u. And extra praise for those little things can go along way. Oh what mommys special little little helper! Ect the little things can help a lot. One of my favorite things my daughter, she's eight with a new little sister, is to help me do the dishes. She loves it and I get help. It's nice.

Shonie_68_2000 - posted on 05/03/2012

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It can be jealousy or one trying to show the other dominance over mommy....I know this may sound a little harsh but you have to let your son cry it out a little. He has to kno that mommy is here but you have to share me with sister too. So don't feel bad that he may cry because you are spending time with your daughter or vice versa. Just an opinion from my experience.

Sophia - posted on 05/03/2012

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My daughter does that too but she is an Only child. I actually find that letting her cry and get it out of her system has helped. I send her to our room and she will come out in a completely different mood and will play with her toys. Just do what you would normally do and let him cry. It is hard (earplugs some days helps! LOL) but it will get him used to the fact that he is not the center of attention.

Michelle - posted on 05/03/2012

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18 months is old enough to find toys and not be always looking for interaction with an adult. He could also spend time playing with his sister. Try to keep him distracted with some toys maybe while you play with your daughter. He could spend time in a playpen with toys while you guys play.

Amber - posted on 05/03/2012

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I wanna say it's the same for both kids, they both want mommy's attention and when one gets it the other wants it more! But ur son is only 18 mos, so u feel like he needs more attention because he's younger? I know that's my biggest fear about having a second one, I dont want jealousy amoung them which is bound to happen. Have you tried spending just some one on one time w each of them!?!?!

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