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14/04/2014 at 07:35
O is nearly eleven months old. He is a generally happy baby and have sailed through most parts of the last year without too much drama. There is one area that I just can't fathem....and that is he screams uncontrollablly generally when i leave him. We don't have any help with the kids so he hasn't really beeneft with anyone else. it has no consistencey though. If he is put down in his cot for a nap he turns straight over and goes to sleep. No fuss at all. No crying no screaming just smiles and sleep. If I put him on the cot with toys so as I can get me as C ready for the day honestly the screaming is so and te neighbours must think I'm murdering him. This is the same every day. I don't give in to him and he has to stay there till I'm dressed and have helped C. The same happens if I need the lol or a shower. I put him in the cot with toys and books, he screams. He doesn't stop until I take him out where the change is as instant as a light switch. He is all smiles and giggles. It's wearing. Ive tried leaving the light on, different toys, pulling the blind up so he can see outside, leaving music on. Nothing helps.
Anyone got any ideas?? If it was separation anxiety wouldnt he be like it at bedtime and nap time too??
14/04/2014 at 08:28
Is it always in the cot that he hates? Maybe its because he thinks you want him to go to sleep and he's not ready to, so lodges a protest? Could you maybe put him on the floor and let him entertain himself there rather than in the cot if you make it safe enough?
14/04/2014 at 08:33
He does do it in the high chair too. I'm gonna get the stair gates up so wi get one on his room and see if leaving in the room rather than the cot makes a difference xxxx
14/04/2014 at 10:24
I think the room idea is a good one, Molly would create in her cot too as she associated it with sleep (which as you know is not a good association for Miss Molly!)
14/04/2014 at 14:44
F also didn't particularly like me putting him in his cot unless if was go to go sleep. This was one of the reasons we ended up buying a playpen - best money ever spent! I would put him in there in the living room with the telly on and some toys and nip up to shower, I'd keep popping back downstairs to check on him in between getting ready but he was happy as larry. He also went through a stage where he'd shout at the top of his lungs if he was put in a highchair, it made eating out rather embarrassing. He was probably around the same age actually and eventually outgrew it.
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