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Four-month-old baby demanding my attention

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tiredandunoriginal Wed 05-Aug-20 15:25:50

I have a beautiful, happy, smiley, sociable baby who sleeps through the night, feeds well and loves a cuddle. I love him to bits and couldn’t feel more lucky! (Apart from post natal mental health issues - can’t have it all!).

I’m a FTM and just wondering if this is normal - he’s started constantly demanding my attention and it’s mainly mine, not DP’s. I haven’t been able to do anything today because even if I leave the room to go to the toilet he screams for me. But it’s more of a shouty cry as if he’s having a go at me for it! (He is such a character!).

Today has been especially hard because if I’m not doing what he wants (aka putting him down instead of holding him) he will cry. He knows what he’s doing because when he starts getting his own way he starts laughing and smiling! He’s so clever. Right now he’s laying next to me and I’ve just managed to make some lunch, but he won’t let me eat it! He doesn’t even properly cry it genuinely sounds like he’s just annoyed with me.

My question is - is this normal? I know he’s only four months old but just wanted to see if this is a phase, as I’m a FTM and not really sure, as he hasn’t been like it before. As I write this he is stamping his feet on the bed! Anything I can do to make it easier? Really appreciate any advice!

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AnneLovesGilbert Wed 05-Aug-20 15:27:53

Get a sling. Then you can make and eat lunch without putting him down if he wants to be held.

GlummyMcGlummerson Wed 05-Aug-20 15:29:12

He's four months old. With all due respect, what did you expect? And he prefers you because not only do you spend the most time with him, he came from your womb (look up fourth trimester). Count yourself lucky he's sleeping through the night and enjoy the cuddles

Covert20 Wed 05-Aug-20 15:29:48

It’s certainly normal (although clearly not all babies are the same). He’s probably just bored and wants you to fix that!

Ohfredcomeon Wed 05-Aug-20 15:30:28

I think he wants a bite of your lunch grin

Sling and move him around the house with you as your doing stuff. Keep talking to him through out. Even if it’s just crap.

HavelockVetinari Wed 05-Aug-20 15:30:42

Sorry OP, that sounds very normal. He's out of the 'fourth trimester' where he mainly ate and slept, and now he needs entertainment. I'm sorry covid has ruined mat leave, usually baby groups are a lifesaver at times like this.

If you really have to get things done, bring him with you in his bouncy chair or whatever and let him watch you. Or pop him in a sling. Get out and about as much as possible for your own sanity!

mummyoneboy19 Wed 05-Aug-20 15:30:45

Hi - it’s 100% normal! Have you got a sling you could pop them in? If not have a look at kidamajig (they’ve a close caboo on sale currently) or even on amazon, they’re really helpful for getting stuff done when babies are having clingy phases.

I found 4 months to be the time they’re becoming a lot more aware, so they’re keen to explore and observe the world but still need the safety and security of you close by smile

You mention mental health issues, are you getting support for these? If not, please do! I didn’t and I really did struggle as a result (and still do sometimes).

Lastly, please try to keep at the forefront of your mind that it’s just a phase smile it’s hard in the moment but the moment really does pass quickly (luckily sometimes!) xx

tiredandunoriginal Wed 05-Aug-20 15:31:08

@GlummyMcGlummerson I was simply asking for advice, not complaining. There’s no need to be rude!

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morriseysquif Wed 05-Aug-20 15:31:17

He is a baby......and he wants his mum. This is it, motherhood, really, you had no idea??? grin

ChaBishkoot Wed 05-Aug-20 15:32:04

It’s separation anxiety. He has no sense of object permanence (google it). In his world if you go to the loo it’s the same as being abandoned forever (yes babies are dramatic!). His brain can’t differentiate.
I would offer lots of reassurance. When you leave the room or put him down, tell him what you are doing, reassure him you are there and if you come back say again and again, ‘Mummy always comes back.’ ‘See, Mummy came back.’
Also playing lots of peekaboo games helps with developing the idea of object permanence.
And if he’s not properly crying but just grizzling away, let him. It’s fine for them not to be picked up instantly. If you had an older child you needed to give lunch to, the younger one would automatically be left to grizzle for a bit. It does them no harm.

AntiAuntieAnty Wed 05-Aug-20 15:32:36

Definitely normal! Mine did this and never slept at night either 😩😩😩.

tiredandunoriginal Wed 05-Aug-20 15:32:58

It is a drastic change in his behaviour so I just wanted to know if this was a normal stage/phase or whether there’s something I need to change. Thank you for everyone who has offered their advice! grin

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Redkite11 Wed 05-Aug-20 15:33:02

I have a 4 month old and he is also getting more clingy although not to the same extent as yours. I use an App called The Wonder Weeks which describes a baby's mental development in stages and it says that this is a normal phase at this age. It claims that this phase will go on until around 20 weeks old.

HavelockVetinari Wed 05-Aug-20 15:33:06

@GlummyMcGlummerson that was a bit harsh! OP has said she's a first time mum. Don't be mean.

Jarofflies Wed 05-Aug-20 15:33:54

Slings are great for this. I used to eat lunch while mine was in it. I used to feel guilty about getting crumbs on her head but she didn't mind 😂

OoohTheStatsDontLie Wed 05-Aug-20 15:34:11

Its normal. I found when they started crawling and being able to move about a bit more or actually play with toys, they are a little bit less frustrated and a bit more self sufficient

tiredandunoriginal Wed 05-Aug-20 15:34:44

Can anyone suggest a good sling? I have one and I just can’t work it out!!

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TempestHayes Wed 05-Aug-20 15:35:06

Completely normal, but do just crack on. Babies like making noises with their mouths, it doesn't mean they're 'sad' or 'angry' or whatever. Eat your lunch. Leave the room. Let the sound happen. You're doing no harm and you'll be back in a minute. Keep talking, if you like.

Redkite11 Wed 05-Aug-20 15:35:15

There are some mean people on this thread. We should be supporting each other.

mummyoneboy19 Wed 05-Aug-20 15:35:19

Which sling do you currently have?

tiredandunoriginal Wed 05-Aug-20 15:36:17

@mummyoneboy19 It’s just one from Amazon I’m not sure of the brand!

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mummyoneboy19 Wed 05-Aug-20 15:38:06

Can you describe it? For instance, is it one you put on with clips and such, or maybe a long piece of stretchy fabric you wrap around you and knot?

ambereeree Wed 05-Aug-20 15:40:14

4 months is tiny of course he wants you. My two still do this at 2 and 4. It's draining when they always want mummy and follow you around.

ambereeree Wed 05-Aug-20 15:43:30

Agree with @TempestHayes keep talking and carry on with what you're doing. I didn't manage that well with a sling just used to move them around from room to room on a playmat or chair.

MrsTerryPratchett Wed 05-Aug-20 15:44:18


It is a drastic change in his behaviour so I just wanted to know if this was a normal stage/phase or whether there’s something I need to change. Thank you for everyone who has offered their advice! grin

The second you get used to one phase, they change. That's parenting. Keeps it interesting!

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