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Previously happy/smiley 4mo now clingy/grizzly all day long

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DangerMousey Sat 06-Apr-13 09:11:14

Hello, this is about the 3rd thread I have started this week about DS, so sorry for bothering you ladies again!

My DS (first child) is 4mo tomorrow and over the last couple of days it's like he has had a personality transplant! Previously, he was a smiley, happy little boy who was happy to play by himself on his playmat, or in his bouncy chair for a reasonable length of time - sometimes up to 15-20 mins quite happily, giving me time to have a shower in the morning, do housework etc etc.

All of a sudden he has become really grizzly and seems to cry all of the time - it's not an intense cry like he's in pain or hungry, it's a low-level moaning type cry which only seems to stop when I pick him up. he is a big boy and weighs 17lb already, so I can't really carry him around all day, and he has always hated being in a sling and the buggy, and the carseat, and pretty much all those other things that are supposed to be loved by babies!

Anybody else noticed this in their DCs at around 4mo? Was it a phase which passed? Is he bored?? I sing nursery rhymes to him with actions, give him lots of toys which all go straight in his mouth, and try to move him around to different rooms in our flat so he isn't stuck in the living room all day. Even in this shitty weather I am trying to get out once every day with him, even if it's just for a half an hour walk bundled up in the pram.

The only other things I can think of are: is it his teeth? - he is dribbling lots and chewing his fists all the time. Or could it be his jabs? - he had his 16 week jabs on Thursday and that roughly coincides with when it all started to go weird!

Thanks for any thoughts.

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Sat 06-Apr-13 18:11:10

He could be teething yes....have you had a rub of his gums to see if they're any different to usual? But just noticed his jabs were this's probably connected with that. They're only small and it does upset some more than others.

Have you got a door bouncer? Or is he too young...can't remember What age they can use them!

ZuleikaD Sat 06-Apr-13 18:55:59

It's probably the 4 month developmental spurt - he may be feeling weird and needs extra reassurance just now.

misbookie Mon 08-Apr-13 14:28:12

it sounds like my boy, 4 month sleep regression/wonder week and teething. My baby went mental, really fussy I couldn't leave him down. Waking at night when he would do 7 hours straight before. Not eating the way he did. This was going on for a week or 2 then he got a cold and was waking every 15 mins at night (I was in bits).
Anyway yesterday I noticed that his gum has split and I can feel his tooth I reckon that was it was all along. He's still fussy but definitely going back to the way he was. and he can roll from his tummy on to his back now too. so hang in there, it will pass. Plenty of stuff for his teeth tho!

ItsallisnowaFeegle Fri 12-Apr-13 00:00:45

Danger, I could have written your OP.

My DS is just 18 weeks and had turned from a placid, happy baby into a grumpy, whiney, little man.

My DS is definitely teething. It controls his every waking thought. I still see his happy disposition shining through though.

My HV came last Thursday (17 weeks exactly) and he was 17lb 2oz. He's bigger than friends' babies who are between 2 weeks and 3 months older than him.

HV also suspects silent reflux in my LO. Is that something you think could be affecting your LO? If so, discuss with your gp ASAP!

Where are you OP? If you're in Gtr Mancs, we could get together, if you like?

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