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i have an 8 month old who thinks whinning constantly is an exceptable form of communication.

he does it all the time for no reason, not hungry, dirty, tired, or hurt. dont really know how to discourage this.


Asked by bearsbabies at 1:02 PM on Dec. 31, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • lol well maybe you should try teaching another method? Get a book on baby sign language .. it may help!

    Maybe he's whining because he wants your attention. Are you distracted a lot?

    Maybe he's whining because something hurts. Is it possible he is teething?

    Maybe he's whining because he doesn't know how else to get the point acrossed that something is bothering him. Maybe his diaper is too tight? Maybe he hates socks ? Maybe he wants to be naked? Maybe something itches (tag?)? Dry skin ? Too hot ? Cold ? Wants held ? Thirsty but is not hungry.. do you do sippy cups of water/nurse? Wants to play with the red thing over there? lol Maybe .. there is a 1000 maybe's that don't fall into the 4 categories you listed as to why your baby may be whiney.. and all of which WE WOULD be whiney if we had to depend on someone else to figure it out and they weren't.

    Try various things and remember he's just a baby.

    Answer by JamesAndMe at 1:48 PM on Dec. 31, 2009

  • Try to ignore it then if he is doing it for no reason.

    Answer by louise2 at 1:03 PM on Dec. 31, 2009

  • He may be teething and in pain. My 7 month old has been whiney lately and I think that's why. Sometimes she'll fall asleep to me massaging her gums. At 8 months, they don't know what's acceptable or unacceptable, and sometimes whining is the only way they know to communicate.

    Answer by nicolemstacy at 1:04 PM on Dec. 31, 2009

  • what form of communication did you expect from an 8 month old exactly... full sentences?!

    Answer by peanutsmommy1 at 1:10 PM on Dec. 31, 2009

  • If he can't verbalize his feelings, how else should he communicate?

    Answer by rkoloms at 1:52 PM on Dec. 31, 2009

  • Babies get frustrated at that age because they can't talk yet. It will get better as he learns words. It's a stage he will grow out of, don't worry.

    Answer by mompam at 2:05 PM on Dec. 31, 2009

  • I don't think babies whine for no reason. Maybe your baby just wants to be held, or is bored. Those are reasons that may not be as obvious as a dirty diaper or being hungry, but they are still valid. An 8 month old obviously has very limited communication skills, so the best s/he can do is let you know they need SOMETHING. Your job is to figure out what it is.


    Answer by PhilsBabyMama at 2:14 PM on Dec. 31, 2009

  • Um, he's a baby! He's not manipulative yet and even if he was it's not to be bad, he's just wanting some loving.

    Answer by MoonLover06 at 3:09 PM on Dec. 31, 2009