Learn about it
A baby’s first tantrum can take you by surprise. Your baby can really
shock you by shrieking, stamping, hitting, or making his whole body
go stiff. But don’t take it personally; baby tantrums aren’t about
anything you’ve done wrong, and they aren’t really about temper,
either – your baby isn’t old enough for that. The ways you’ll respond
to your baby’s behavior when he is older are different than how you
should respond now.
Why babies have tantrums and what you can do
A baby tantrum is an abrupt and sudden loss of emotional control.
Various factors bring tantrums on, and if you can identify the trigger,
then you can help him calm down and perhaps even avoid the
tantrum in the first place. Here are the common reasons and ways
to solve the problem (Please refer to table below)
How to prevent baby tantrums
Often, you can prevent a baby from losing control of his emotions if
you prevent the situations that lead up to this. Here are some things
to keep in mind:
• When baby is tired, put him down for a nap or to sleep.
• Feed your baby frequently. Babies have small tummies and need
• Give your baby toys that are geared to his age and ability level.
• Warn your baby before changing activities (“One more swing, then
we’re going home”).
• Be patient when putting your baby in an unfamiliar environment
or when introducing him to new people.
• Help your baby learn new skills (such as climbing stairs or
• Keep your expectations realistic; don’t expect more than your
baby is capable of.
• As much as possible, keep a regular and predictable schedule.
• When your baby is overly emotional, keep yourself as calm as
• Use a soothing tone of voice and gentle touch to help your baby
calm down. He can’t do it on his own, he needs your help.
By Elizabeth Pantley, author of Gentle Baby Care and The No-Cry Sleep Solution available at www.pantley.com/elizabeth
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