Oh, the joys of the various phases in a baby’s life! Recently, Basil has discovered that he can scream – LOUDLY. Maybe it’s the fact that it gets my attention right away, or maybe he finds it entertaining that he can cause such a ruckus, but it’s been a constant thing in our house the last few weeks. I’m no expert, and I have definitely lost my patience during this lovely little phase, but I’d like to share a few tips to help any other mamas out there going through this phase with their little one(s)!
Distractions, distractions, distractions
Like a lot of times in a baby’s life, you’ll need to find something to distract them from whatever they’re doing that you don’t want them to be doing. Today, an unopened packet of fruit snacks has been the distraction keeping Basil from screeching at the top of his lungs. I think mixing things up a little bit in terms of what you let them “play” with helps rather than the same toys over and over as long as whatever you’re giving them to play with is safe of course.
Okay, maybe some of you out there disapprove of this, BUT as long as he has a full tummy, a fresh diaper, and he is safely in his playpen I see no problem in just walking away. I’m definitely not the most patient person you’ll meet, and I’m working on that. When I feel overwhelmed, I leave the room to gather myself because I know Basil isn’t screaming to drive me insane or make me angry – it’s simply how he knows how to communicate for now.
Find the positive
When I tell Basil he’s making me crazy, he curls up into my chest smiling and giggling and that automatically makes me less frustrated with him. Honestly, hearing him go from softly talking to himself to straight up screaming at the top of his lungs is kind of funny sometimes. I know that sounds awful, but he’s smiling as he does it, and he’s not upset in the slightest! What can I say? I like to at least try to make light of things. #MomOfTheYear
Remember: it’s not forever
Unfortunately, babies only stay little for so long, which also means they only do some things for a short period of time. Before you know it, baby will be heading off to kindergarten or having their first sleepover, and you’ll miss the times they were making you crazy from screaming. You’ll look back on these times and be fond of the memories of your happy baby, with a smile as big as the sun, screaming for no reason other than that they want you to simply look at them. So just remember, this phase isn’t forever, and you may even miss this phase!
Change up the scenery
Simple, yet effective! Last week after a particularly loud morning, I decided we needed to get out of the house, so we went to a park nearby. Basil was so distracted for an entire hour watching the trees and passing cars, touching the grass and feeling the breeze that he didn’t scream once! It was so relaxing to sit outside and enjoy life (and a little peace and quiet!) with my sweet baby boy. Not to mention, the leaves started falling and changing colors, so it was even more beautiful!
So that’s how I’ve been attempting to deal with the screaming phase… the sleep regression, on the other hand, is a whole other story (any tips would be greatly appreciated)!! I hope some of these tips helped at least one mama out.
Thanks for reading!