My son is 8 months old and already throwing tantrums.

Karina - posted on 03/06/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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He doesn't want to be held at times or be on the floor. If i leave and he doesn't see me around he crys. Don't know what to do??? After it gets to me i go to his room and put him in his crib. He will cry it out but in an angry way. It feels overwhelming at times and that all i can think of. Any advice????

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Ann - posted on 03/06/2013

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My daughter was the same way. Between 8 - 10 months, she became really defiant. She would scream, yell, throw tantrums, throw her toys and break things. She would cry to be picked up, then when I do, she squirms to be put back down. I found the best thing I did, was try and distract her from what she was getting frustrated over, so then she just forgot what it was that upset her in the first place, and why she was getting mad. When it gets to the point of overwhelming i used to go stand outside for 5 minutes. Take some deep breathes, clear my mind, catch my bearings a little and then go back in and try and settle them down best I could. The best thing that helped me so far that my pediatrician recommended was to help her understand different ways of channeling her emotions, so if she gets upset, she just cries, or points to something like a stuffed animal that helps her feel safe or if she wants a cuddle to calm her down. It's helped so far, and now she only tantrums when something has really fully mad her upset and it's a rare thing, but it's a huge step from having them daily, to once a week maybe.

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Karina - posted on 03/09/2013

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I'm so glad that I'm not the only one!!! All this week has been teething but and I think that was part of the problem too. Yesterday and today he has been a lot better but every time I put him down for a nap when I can see that he is sleepy he will cry really loud like I've done something horrible to him and then he will get louder and louder and kicks!!! I have tried the distracting him and just rubbing his back but he is a baby that doesn't really like to cuddle because he is so active, only when he wakes up from naps and then he want to be on the floor. I also try talking to him, sometimes it works but most of the times it doesn't. What I do is I leave him in his crib and then he falls asleep after crying. I feel horrible just listening to him cry but I don't know what else to do. If I go and get him he pushes me and wants to be put down on the floor, then when I put him down he wants to be picked up again. Now that he can crawl and when he goes to get something like my shoes, control, cell phone or just something that he shouldn't he starts crying and kicking and get really mad as soon as I take it away. So yes indeed very very overwhelming also!!! :( Thank You for the advice!!

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