My son demands too much attention...

Migmarie - posted on 04/06/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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It seems like every time I am doing something and he doesn't have my full attention, he gets really upset and starts screaming. It doesn't matter what I am doing, it could be me on the phone, or when I take him to my prenatal appointments, or if we are at the supermarket. He does it all the time and I need him to stop because with the new baby coming, he can't be demanding so much attention. What can I do?

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looking at your profile he's a year old, he needs a lot of attention at a year old. My son was a very easy baby but he still needed lots of attention and time, if there is a task you really need to do, do it but then make sure once you've done it you give your son some quality time. v



With a new baby (my son was 19 months when I had my daughter), I found that although my daughter took lots of attention away from him I was able to give both of them attention by including my son in her care, I got him to fetch me nappies, wipes, clothes, sent him to the bin with rubbish etc, and where he couldn't do anything I made sure he had a drink and a snack available before I sat down to feed her so I didn't need to stop and disturb her. If he still needed me, which inevitably there were times he did, I played games with him such as getting him to touch body parts (head, toes, nose etc) or we sang songs, or read a book.



I also made sure to spend alone time with him whilst she slept, we did at least one special activity once a week, such as baking or crafts.

Katherine - posted on 04/06/2012

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Unfortunately you are going to have to get used to this, depending on his age. If he is young he too will need attention. I used to read with both of my girls when I had a newborn and then play with my older one when the newborn was asleep. I also had my husband watch my newborn for a few hours so I could spend time with my other one.

Kaitlin - posted on 04/06/2012

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it depends on his age, what activities you are comfortable allowing in particular places (books? coloring? video games?) and what your discipline methods are.

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