Ever since he was 6 months old he's been fighting with me when changing his diaper. He'll twist and turn and fuss and try to crawl away every time. It takes at least five minutes to change a diaper. Sometimes I have to find someone to distract him or give him a toy to stay still.
He's also started the habit of going stiff when it's time to sit in the high chair. He'll cry and fuss and refuse to sit down. He will eventually sit, but he refuses to do it without a fight. Once I get him in he's perfectly fine.
His newest habit is not wanting to sit in his car seat. He will fuss the entire time he's in the car and try to get out.
He also has mini tantrums. They last about 30secs. Example: I pull him away from the dish washer ( which he so dearly loves for some reason) and he has a come apart. Or I take something away from him that he's not allowed to have...he has a melt down.
Is this normal for his age?! ...!!!! He's nuts!! Haha, I love him, but I think I've created a brat.
I've ruled out him being in any sort of discomfort. I've searched for things that could be pinching or poking or too tight. Nothing is there to bother him except that he's being restrained and has to be still. He can cut off the water works in less than a second and be happier than ever.
He knows what no no means and I always stay very calm and I pay no attention to his tantrums. I don't know what else to do.
How do I handle this kind of behavior? Or is this just a stage? I'm a first time mom going at this alone so I need some advice.