My little girl just turned 8 months and she has started throwing these "power struggle tantrums" I don't really know what to call them. I try to give her as much attention/face to face play time as I can. I just started working outside of the home for longer periods of time, so maybe she is acting out because she misses me. When I come home I try to cuddle and play with her as much as I can but she won't let me put her down once I have picked her up. She will lock her legs, throw herself down, and she will start crying (it starts out as a fakey sounding "hey, hey, hey" kinda cry. I try not to give in and then she starts the real tears and screaming cry. I pick her up for a moment and try to calm her but she just goes back to crying once I put her down again. I have tried distracting her with a favorite lovey (stuffed animal) or other toy, put on music, let her play with plastic kitchen spoons and paper plates. I have even put on a baby Einsteinian video but that doesn't always work. Once it's over she will cruise over to the gate and scream at me if I am in the kitchen making dinner and trying to clean. I am not a fan of letting them "cry it out" but at the same time I do not want to reward the fake attention crying. I use to carry her around in the Moby wrap but she is now almost 18lbs and it puts alot of stress on my back after 2-3 hours. She is also acting out in the store too. After being in the cart for a short period of time she starts the screaming. I bring a paci and a lovey but they don't often work.
Any advice would be helpful.
Answer by DancerMomof2 at 11:50 PM on Dec. 29, 2010
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