Is your baby displaying his temper tantrums of late? Are you always struggling to calm down your little one? Well, if you can relate to the above situations, reading this post may be a good idea.
As your baby grows up, he will display a range of emotions and anger may be one of them! Are you keen to teach him the basics of anger management early on in life? Look no further! As this article will give you eight handy tips to deal with your baby temper tantrums! Want to know more? Read on!
Why Does Your Baby Get Angry?
When your baby gets angry, rest assured it is a natural and normal human reaction. Of course, you may find that your baby’s anger outbursts are suddenly getting out of hand. In such a situation, it is important you keep your cool and look at solving the problem in a mature and calm way.
Your baby may be too young to learn about anger management in its conventional form, but you can always help him control his emotions better. It will help reduce his distress, and will teach him how to react to unpleasant situations.
As your baby grows up, most of the situations he will land in will be beyond his control and comprehension. As a result, he may find it difficult to express himself. Also, with the passage of time, your baby will start to perceive the difference between what is right and wrong. Your baby’s fits of fury may be his way of telling you that he finds something unfair or something is making him unhappy.
[ Read: Anger Management in Babies ]
How To Deal With Baby Temper Tantrums?
There is no secret mantra to manage temper tantrums in babies. All babies react differently. Here are a few common ways that will help you calm down your baby’s temper:
1. Pay Attention To Your Baby:
Pay attention to your baby’s moods. Any laxity on your part can make his wrath erupt and break all hell loose.
Sometimes, your baby may throw a temper tantrum to grab your attention, especially if you have not been giving him due attention for some time. Your baby will probably start giving you hints that he is upset or angry. Once you spot the warning signs, take the necessary action immediately.
It will help you control the situation and pacify your baby before he gets too angry or has an outburst.
2. Speak To Your Baby:
Sit down next to your baby and talk to him to make him understand.
If your baby is too young to understand what you speak, communicate with him in a soft and soothing tone. Your baby will understand your gestures and the cooing language you use.
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3. Pick Up Your Baby In Your Arms:
If your baby allows you to do so, pick him up in your arms and try to soothe him.
In some cases, your baby will be extremely agitated if you try to pick him up. Take the cues from him. Do not pick him up forcefully or scold him if he wants to get away from your arms. It will only make the situation worse.
4. Hug Your Baby:
Similarly to the picking up strategy, if your baby allows you to do so, give him a warm hug.
In some cases, your baby may find a hug comforting and may calm down. However, it could also make your baby more agitated, and he may refuse any touch at all.
Respect his wishes and let him be for the time being. Do not hug him by force. Instead, see what else you can do to appease him.
[ Read: Tips To Deal With Whiny Baby ]
5. Massage Your Baby:
Sometimes, massaging your baby may be a good way to ease off the tension and anger.
Again, your baby will give you the perfect clues as to how he wants you to treat him at that particular moment.
If your baby allows it, gently massage his back. You can do some simple circular motions using your fingers. You can also give your baby a massage on the head if he is okay with it. It could soothe your baby and make him fall asleep too.
[ Read: How To Soothe A Fussy Baby ]
6. Distract Your Baby:
Your baby will most likely forget his anger once you distract him.
Show him things that you know he likes. If he allows you to pick him up, take him around for a small walk around the house. Point out the things that you know will make him happy. Sing his favorite song and do the actions. If your baby is old enough to imitate you, encourage him to do so.
If your baby does not want you to pick him up, bring some interesting things near him. You can show him a favorite toy or book, and he will most likely forget what agitated him.
7. Tell Him Familiar Phrases:
Look at your baby and speak to him while making eye to eye contact.
You can say familiar phrases like ‘I love you’ ‘mamma loves you’ ‘mamma is here’ ‘it is okay’ ‘what happened’ ‘don’t be upset’ and more. Use phrases that your baby already knows and has reacted to positively in the past. Maintaining eye contact with your baby will show him that you are giving him your undivided attention and will help him cool down.
8. Find Out The Reason:
Try to find out what is making your baby so angry.
Sometimes, your baby may be upset because of something, but does not know how to express it.
Check if your baby is hungry, tired or sleepy. Offer some warm food or try and put your baby to bed, even though he may resist initially.
Handling your baby when he is too angry can be difficult, so spot the cues and take timely action to manage his temper.
Do you have any special tips on how to stop baby temper tantrums? Do share them in the comments section below.
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