At 10 months, your baby is like exploring his environment and becoming more independent. He will likely try to do things that he can't quite do yet, or become frustrated when you set limits for him, which can result in meltdowns. He is also probably somewhat moody and might easily become scared. You can help quiet your little one if he becomes cranky or has a meltdown by remaining calm yourself and being gentle and patient with him, helping him adapt to new experiences, as well as overcome fears, frustrations and changes.
Determine the reason why your 10-month-old is the crying or fussing. If he is in an environment that is uncomfortable or scary for him, such as a family party, move him to a more calming place, like a quiet room. If the reason for the crying is because he is upset about not being able to complete a task, like reaching something he wants, help him if what he wants isn't dangerous to him. He may just need a boost to help him get the object.
Offer support to your frustrated or angry baby. This can come in the form of hugs, kisses, pats on the back, or other forms of physical affection that you use to comfort her. A 10-month-old can also understand simple sentences, notes the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension, so you can offer encouraging words like, "It's going to be OK." Talk in a calm and soothing voice when trying to calm your child. Showing affection both verbally and physically helps your baby feel secure and can help quiet her.
Let your baby cry it out if she is upset because you set limits, such as not giving her the glass vase that she wants. In this case, the more attention you give the situation, the worse the tantrum could become. Assuming that your 10-month-old is in a safe spot, such as a baby-proof area of your home, you can ignore the little meltdown and walk away. Alternatively, you can try to redirect her attention to something else. For example, you might say, "Let's read a book together" and take in her you lap to see if she will calm down if you read to her.
Tips & Warnings
- A nap right after lunch will help your baby stay awake through the afternoon and avoid pre-bedtime crankiness, notes WebMD.
- You shouldn't reward a baby's fussy moments by giving into their demands, as this only sets the child up to throw a fit every time they want something.
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