One moment your baby may be very calm and polite and the next minute s/he may start crying at the top of their lungs. This can be because of several reasons. Temper tantrums happen quite often when your baby is between two and three years of age.
Your baby’s temper tantrums usually happen due to frustrations and if your little one is not able to express what s/he feels or wants.
Here are few tips for you on how can you handle your baby’s temper tantrums:
- Whatever be the situation, you have to keep yourself cool and calm. You might find your baby kicking, screaming, throwing objects, or hitting. This can be hard for you to handle but you have to stay near your little one and make him/her feel comfortable. If you leave the baby alone, s/he might feel abandoned. If you yell when the baby is throwing tantrums, the situation can get worse. There can be many ways of handling the situation. You have to try out the different possibilities and see which one is helping to calm your baby down.
- Remember that s/he is a baby, which means you do not have to always fulfill their unreasonable demands. The situation can be controlled at that time by giving in to the little one’s demands, but the child will learn that if s/he throws objects, their demands are being met. If the tantrums become unbearable, try to take the child to some other room or calm them by taking them outside for a while.
- Even though your baby may not be able to respond to you with words and sentences, try to explain to him/her (Once the child has calmed down) that the tantrums that s/he throws are not good. Once your baby has calmed down, you can reward him/her with a kiss or a hug for showing good behaviour.
- Try to find out why the child throws tantrums. It can be for anything, like, not liking the food, or having irritation because of diapers. Once you find out the problem, take remedial action. You can distract the child with toys when you sense a tantrum is on its way. Refrain from saying ‘no’ all the time.
- If you find your baby’s tantrums are uncontrollable, try to consult the doctor who will be able to help you.