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1 yo weird trauma with MIL's house?

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PoppyAmex Thu 18-Apr-13 13:54:55

Hope someone can shed some light on this...

We go to my in-laws' regularly (about once or twice a month) and usually stay a couple of hours. DD is always happy there and never cried or behaved strangely before.

On Mother's Day we went to visit and as we walked in she started crying and wouldn't stop until DH (who was carrying her) left the house. It was proper crying with huge fat tears running down her face and she was just scared/distressed.

We left and thought we'd give it a couple of weeks, but we have tried to visit since then and while she's fine in the garden and outside, as soon as she enters the house we have the exact same outcome - serious tears and proper distress.

It's definitely not linked to in-laws as she's fine with them in the garden or any other setting.

I know we can't fathom the reason behind it, but I was hoping someone could suggest a gentle way to get past this, maybe a type of CBT for babies? grin

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

JiltedJohnsJulie Thu 18-Apr-13 14:59:21

CBT for babies, can honestly say I've never heard that one before grin

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Thu 18-Apr-13 15:09:10

Is it a different smell in there? Were you carrying flowers?

rrreow Thu 18-Apr-13 15:34:18

Have there been any changes in the house? New decor? Anything gone that used to be there, or introduced that wasn't there? (picture/painting on the wall, change of layout etc). Also seconding the question about different smell. Have they had any painting done, got new air freshener?

PoppyAmex Thu 18-Apr-13 16:20:43

No new decor or changes, but funny you should say that because DH dd mention there was a strong smell of beef cooking the first day it happened, but nothing since then.

I don't think we'll uncover the mystery, but was hoping someone had advice on how to overcome this - should we keep trying gently or just leave it for now and try in a few weeks?

Poor PIL are developing a complex grin

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Thu 18-Apr-13 16:37:22

Expose her to the smell of beef again as an experiment! Maybe she's a future animal activist! grin

SingingSands Thu 18-Apr-13 16:44:05

Could you going in the back door instead?

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