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Too physical when crying :(

My LO is only 12 weeks and when she’s upset or uncomfortable, she gets extremely physical— she tears constantly at her eyes (we do our best to keep her nails short) and she sticks her fingers so far in her mouth she makes herself gag/cough. She’s given herself little scratches on her face, which is very upsetting. We had been putting her in onesies that cover her hands but it’s too warm for that at the moment — suggestions on dealing with this? Ways to stop or calm her?

  • Anonymous
    Jul 09, 2018

    My son was so like this! From time to time he still gets little scratches from his own nails and he’s 7 months!! He’s super dramatic and when he feels the slightest bit of hunger he MELTS DOWN, even still. What really helped his fits was me anticipating his needs rather than letting him cry when needing something. Which sounds stupid, but for me, I didn’t realize I could do this lol so for a week or so I’d write down what time he was hungry and what time he got tired (yawning, rubbing eyes) and eventually I saw ok he gets tired after 1.5 hours of being awake and he eats every 2 hours or what ever. So I’d give him a bottle right at the two hour mark rather than him crying and getting worked up getting hungry. Or I’d lay down or rock him right at the 1.5 hour mark for a nap before he got too tired and crazy. Sorry if this doesn’t make sense, but it really helped my dramatic son not have break downs when he was simply hungry!

  • Tara
    Jul 09, 2018

    As anonymous suggests above, which makes a lot of sense to me, and for the times you don’t manage to catch her cues on time: distraction!

  • Isabella
    Jul 09, 2018

    Have you tried outing LO on a routine? Helps to know what’s next for him and you. I recommend Baby Whisperer books!!

  • Elle
    Jul 09, 2018

    Is she overtired? That sounds like it could be exhaustion. Can her bedtime be moved up a little to give her more sleep?

  • Hannah
    Jul 10, 2018

    I agree with the first commenter! Schedule and routine is super important. At 12 weeks, they really should only be awake for 1.5-2hrs at a time. Also, my LO did the finger in the mouth (he still does it all the time). I actually bought a Munch Mitten to try to help bc I thought he might be teething which could be the case for you! Maybe instead of the sleeves with the mittens, try putting on the separate mittens to help.