why does my son fight so much when he's tired? what can i do to help him get out of that habit?

Lyndsay - posted on 02/10/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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When my son is tired he won't fall asleep on his own so i try and put him asleep myself i bounce him and rock him sing to him and he screams and cries and fights me. I make sure he's not hungry or wet or anything before i try and he still gives me a fit.If he is sick i will give him medicine and if he is gassy i will give him gas medicine.I tried giving him juice to see if he is thirsty but after about 4 ounces he screams.I give him is pacifier and shush him i try everything!!Can anyone tell me why my 8 month old son is doing this and what can i do to make him stop? Oh by the way if your not holding him or close by him he wakes right up.

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Ala Ala - posted on 02/11/2010

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he might be overly tired. try massaging his legs and arms and back. not a lot of pressure though, just to relieve him. it's just like us, adults, when we get very tired and exhausted we are cranky too. and sometimes when we wake up we are not our 100%. same with the kids.
i did this with my kids when i know they've been too active that day. hope this helps

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Monica - posted on 02/10/2010

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no prob!
it's hard for me to remember when my son was 8 months, but i do know that he slept with me til he was about 12 months, and even after that i had to sleep in his toddler bed til he was about 18 months/ 2 yrs old!!!
but yeah i was lucky cuz when he was little the feeding put him to sleep, but then i remember it was tough for me too!
but yeah it does get better and i think that just being there for him is the best thing to do, cuz he will get better at it, and then at least he will feel that u were supporting him, your little man! :) :) alot of people say to let them cry, but i didn't feel comfortable with that... anyways, everything passes, and like me, u won't even remember it!! :P

Lyndsay - posted on 02/10/2010

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thank you very much! but i've tried the laying down beside him didn't get any better i've let him play a lot too nothing helps him i used to breastfeed maybe i should of kept up with that and im gonna try making bedtime fun thanks! = )

Monica - posted on 02/10/2010

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yeah my son was like that sort of.. i had to lay beside him to get him to sleep, plus at that time i was breastfeeding, so it helped... .all kids are diff, but with the fighting, to me it seems either he's not tired enough or he's overtired :S.

either u could try wearing him out more, or putting him down earlier???

make bedtime fun like with songs and books and such?

i know eight months is young for that, and i sometimes had to hold my son and jiggle to get to sleep.... just hang in there, cuz in that aspect, it does get easier!!!

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