Screaming Fits!!

Ashley - posted on 09/19/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Hello, I'm a first time mother (actually, my second daughter was due yesterday...) and recently my 11 month old has been throwing crazy tantrums!!! She HATES getting dressed, and gets so mad in fact that she throws herself around and screams at the top of her lungs. Sometimes she even gets so mad she starts crying in jibberish... She does the same thing when she's in her car seat most of the time. I hope she doesnt have emotional issues...I just don't know if its normal. Is it an early start to the terrible twos??? Is anyone having this problem that can give me some insight?? =S

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Heather - posted on 09/19/2010

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I think its pretty normal. My 10 month old starting doing this too with the same exact things...getting dressed and getting put into the carseat. All I do is talk calmly to her and try to distract her. I found when I'm putting her in the carseat all she needs is either her bottle or a sippy cup and she calms right down. And I've tried to start making dressing into a game..peek a boo when I pull her shirt on...where is babys hand? That sort of thing. Hopefully this helps a little, just be rest assured it is completly normal! I think its because they have so little control over those kind of situations.

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Maddison - posted on 09/26/2010

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my daughter is doing the exact same thing. I think its pretty normal. I have tried making everything fun but it doesn't work lol so now when i put her in the car seat I give her my keys until she is buckled in and when I get her dressed its a challenge I just let her throw her tantrum when she is done I try getting her dressed again its usually a half an hour ordeal. I'm sure they will grow out of it.....hopefully soon! :)

Catherine - posted on 09/24/2010

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ahhh, it has to be hard not to laugh through the frustration when she starts crying in jibberish! lol. our daughter isn't so much of a bother to dress, as long as i do it while she's crawling, but diaper changes are a nightmare! she wants to roll over and crawl off as soon as i lay her down and screams (arched back and all) until she's able to get a move on. it slows down the whole process since i have to keep my left hand on her tummy to keep her from flippin' over. i can't help but laugh at her when she throws her little fits. i have found that not taking it too seriously and talking in a calm and quiet voice does seem to help, but in public it can be pretty embarassing. i try to give her something to divert her attention, but when she wants something there is no getting around it. when it's not something i have to work through (can't get around diaper changes, alas), i walk away and ignore it. after a few seconds she's either distracted herself or is easy to distract with something else if i pop my head back in the room. i guess i figure, why reward the behavior with attention?

Victoria - posted on 09/23/2010

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My 10mo daughter (6th living child) has also just started this! She throws her head back, arches her back, and screams - and she's strong!! Sometimes I can't even find a reason - a minute after the fit she's happy and laughing. But it happens if I give her the "wrong" drink (ie she wants juice and I give her breast, etc); usually with diaper change now (and I go faaast), when she gets something to eat that she doesn't want. It would be funny if it weren't so frustrating, lol!

Rhonda - posted on 09/23/2010

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we have noticed our daughter throwing fits now too!!! screaming---bad bad if she wants her bottle!!! I am not real sure how to correct it but I sure need to find out.

Sarah - posted on 09/20/2010

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I Know How You Feel. My Son Has Always Disliked Getting Dressed. He Will Cry & Scream. So I Have To Say, "Help Mommy With Your Sleeves Or Here Comes The Pants On!" I Do It In A Sing-Song Voice & That Seems To Help. In The Carseat, Give Your Little One Some Toys To Play With Because They Can Get Fussy Or Bored On A Car Ride Really Easily & That Seems To Help My Son. The Terrible Two's Could Be Starting Early, That Is Possible, But Just Remember, It's A Phase & It Will Pass! (:

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