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Tantrums in a 6 month old???

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smoggii Tue 12-Jul-11 21:33:37

Is there anything I can do about this or do I just have to ride it out?

My DD is 6MO and gets fixated on things she wants, unfortunately, for safety reasons or because she bites chunks out of them, i sometimes have to take things away. If I donothing I try and give her as a distraction works and at first she has a bit of a paddy then she will cry proper heartbroken cries with real tears and it can take ages to console.

Is this something she just has to learn or does anyone have suggestions that might help.

Thanks

niceday Tue 12-Jul-11 22:50:15

She's only 6mo. They don't have tantrums just yet.
She can only want what'sin front of her. So don't give her anything dangerous for her.

rodformyownback Tue 12-Jul-11 23:13:30

What niceday said. She is just a baby and not capable of tantrums or just learning yet. If she is your first, the best solution is just to keep anything dangerous away from her. This is harder if (as I have) you have a toddler around too. My ds2 is always being given/ getting hold of inappropriate items (playmobil people, drinking straws etc). If I need to take something away from him I give him something else to replace it BEFORE taking away said item, this usually suffices. If he gets upset, he will need picking up and showing something else to calm down.
If your DD is still upset after being distracted, there is probably something else the matter. Is she tired / hungry / teething or does she have separation anxiety?
Yes you just have to ride it out I'm afraid!

MoonFaceMamaaaaargh Wed 13-Jul-11 09:44:17

excellent advice from both pp's, re distraction i always found that something really physical, like throwing them up in the air, worked wonders. But would keep it for times when other things had not worked.

mama2moo Wed 13-Jul-11 10:07:46

My dd2 had tantrums from 6mo. I thought it couldnt be that early but they were. At 17mo she has massive tantrums if she doesnt get her own way. I just ignore her.

mama2moo Wed 13-Jul-11 10:08:57

That reads quite cruel. I ignore her and then distract her with something else when she has calmed down a bit.

If you give in to tantrums they will only get worse.

smoggii Wed 13-Jul-11 13:33:19

The items are not dangerous in themselves, the prime two examples are a magazine and (most lovely to her) my mobile phone, but they are definitely tantrums, with nothing else wrong and easily resolved by returning the particular item...which i am trying to avoid doing.

I will stick with trying to distract. Physical distractions sound promising, need to build up my arms for air throwing!

Thanks

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