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    Default Nearly nine months and screaming/screeching

    Hi there,

    My DS is nearly 9 months old and has taken to screaming/screeching really loudly. I'm talking top of his lungs, high pitched and ear splitting. I am almost certain that he does it to communicate a need/want - wants to get out of the high chair, wants us to come into the playpen with him - but how do I best respond to his need without reinforcing the screaming or encouraging it?

    It sounds seriously obnoxious when he does it and I'm starting to get worried about taking him out, in case he starts up.

    Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated!

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    I feel your pain! They do grow out of it. DS stopped around 10 months (obviously still happens occasionally but not a lot).

    His was so bad that I was worried his carers at daycare wouldn't like him as he was so loud lol! Completely unfounded of course and he stopped pretty soon after starting there anyway.

    It's so awful isn't it? Can't help but get annoyed at them for doing it!

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    As kw123 said, completely normal. My DS1 did it for 4-6wks.

    For us personally, I found ignoring it worked best. At the start when I reacted, he got what he wanted so did it more often. I started pretending I didn't hear anything which at least reduced the frequency.

    Very frustrating phase though! My boy did it again around 14-15mths for a month or so.

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    Thanks for your replies! Reassuring to know that other bubs have gone through the same thing. Guess I will find a pair of earplugs! :-)

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    Oh yes I remember this. My DS is 13 months and he was doing that at about 10 months for about a month. Did my head in like he was dying. But he was just communicating and was a new sound he found. Doesn't so it now.

    Now he has a deeper grunt when he is annoyed. Fun times!

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    My 7mo DS is doing the same. He's also become really clingy to me especially in the afternoon. Won't leave me alone and squeals/screeches if I leave him alone to play even though I'm only in the kitchen within eyesight! I now know the meaning of the phrase 'witching hour'; except it goes for 2 hours. I haven't tried ignoring the screams for longer than a minute or so, it's hard to, but I think I'll have to.. Don't want it to become a habit. Good to hear it is a passing phase

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    Yep my dd is doing this at the moment too. I could have wrote your post word for word op!

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    My DS is 9 months and does this exact thing, he started around 7 months. He still does it a lot but he is starting to reduce a bit thankfully!!
    So much fun when they do it in the middle of the shopping centre haha


 

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