Posted by: X_tina | 2006/04/04


Tantrum at 8 months

My son is now 8 months,and goes to creche. For the last two weeks, he throws himself backwards when he doesn't want to eat or doesn't want you to hold him. Yesterday i went shopping and he kept on throwing himself backwards and crying. Do you think this is something he will grow out of.? Other parents i've spoken to suggest i smack him on his bootie. Is it something he learnt from creche.

Expert's Reply



The last thing you must do is to smack him.He is having temper tantrums which he may have learned about from another child at the creche. Walk out of the room if he starts the tantrum and do not return until he stops.Give him lots of love and make him feel loved and secure. His father must play his part as well.

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Posted by: Natasja | 2006/04/05

Yes i agree with Nella.
My boy is 8 months and 2 week and started crawling a few weeks back,and since then he doesn`t want to sit on anyone`s lap,he just wants to be on the floor.A gets very angry when you take something away from him,but patience does help because he is only a baby,he will only cry if you smack him and do it again.

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Posted by: Nella | 2006/04/05

My 10 month old son is not in creche and also pushes me away when I hold him and when we pick him up to remove him from danger, he would throw himself backwards. Also when he is sitting on my lap and want to play on the floor he would throw himself backwards. Don't smack your little one - he will not understand what's going on - just lots of love and patience.

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Posted by: X_tina | 2006/04/04

Thanks :)

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Posted by: sambinoct | 2006/04/04

My son startewd creche at 10 months and since then he has become very independent. Before that he was very clingy and needy. At creche they promote independence and try not to show too much attention to the child as they become clingy. He also prefers to be down on the floor doing his own thing now and definitely kicks up a fuss if he doesn't get what he wants. He also sometimes tries to push me away when I want to hold him. I think it's just the new found independence and you don't have to worry. It'll get better just have patience and don't smack him because he's too young to understand and it might make situation worse. Just lots of love and patience. But creche definitely changes them. :)

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