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Where did my baby girl get her attitude?

AttitudeI’m not sure where Lily picked up her attitude, but she’s started to get fussy for no reason.

Every morning we get up, get dressed, have a bottle and then I put her on the floor to play. She sits in a little fenced in area with plenty of room and toys and hasn’t had any issues until lately. Now, she’s gets all upset and cries.

I can even be sitting a foot away from her and it doesn’t help. If I do pick her up, she’s fine. If I carry her around, she’s fine. When I take her out and put her in the car seat to go to daycare, she’s fine.

So I don’t get it? I’ve just tried letting her cry and she use to get over it, but now she just keeps crying like it’s the end of the world.

It’s not like we use this area to punish her, it’s actually the opposite. It allows her to move around and play without being in harm’s way. It’s freedom; basically.

I’m not sure where this attitude is coming from, but I hope it passes on sooner than later.

Any ideas on why she might be having an attitude problem?

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2 Responses

  1. gml4 says:

    You must let her cry… and cry… give her no attention except for brief moments (when you can’t stand to let her go on) and play with one of her toys while ignoring her. She will likely want to play with it… let her (while completely ignoring her) and go back to your other activities.

    Sometimes you will need to stop whatever you are doing, and play with her for a while. As she may take on the activity all by herself after a while, walk away.

    Give her positive praise when she plays nicely.

    She’s learned that she can get your attention now by crying. You are going to have to let her cry. You are going to have a hard week or two (maybe longer?!) before this will stop.

    • Thomas says:

      Lily cries so rarely that when she does it, it’s more of a “what’s wrong?” Her attitude has already gone down and I think it just may have been a bad day or two. However, I do agree that we can’t give in every time she does cry.

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