Posted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 11:03 am
Post subject: Exhausted & Lack of Ideas
My son is 16 months old and it seems it does not get any easier as he is older. He cries all day long and for simple things. I took him to see his doctor and confirm that he is fine. Over the last couple of weeks he spends little time playing on his own, he seems to want me by his sides all the time. ANd yet that is not enough, he still cries. He is not teething, so we can rule that one out. Or so it seems. He has pretty much change his sleeping schedule with the exception of the night sleep.
I am exhausted here, and have run out of ideas to try. I cannot do much around the house or any other matters that need my help. The constant crying makes my migraine worse, and it is a nightmare.
I am open to anything, so please feel free to drop me a line if any of you out there have any ideas.
Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 6:19 pm
I'm so sorry you are having such a hard time.
What happens when you take your son out? fresh air and a change in environment can work wonders. What about taking him to a mum and toddler group? being around other children may help him leave your side a little and even if he cries - other mums understand and will be supportive.
Why do you think it is not his teeth? does he have them all?
also does he have lots to eat throughout the day/lots to drink in this hot weather?
sorry I cant offer more, I hope it gets better for you soon x
Posted: Sat Jul 04, 2009 11:40 pm
Post subject: The saga continues
Took the little guy out for a couple of stolls, but it seems the change is only temporary. He barely plays with his toys anymore. I'm exhausted. The idea of a playgroup seems interesting, maybe that is the solution. My son is an only child and the only people he usually sees are my husband and I. I was wondering whether that was the problem. Thanx, I intend to try it out, need to send out some invites.
Posted: Sun Jul 05, 2009 8:36 pm
playgroup is definitely a good plan
if he's fed up of his toys try something new - if you have lots of toys, switch what you offer him each day - try drawing and fingerpainting and playdough. water a sand play are good too, and out in the garden.
even just giving him a couple of saucepans and a wooden spoon to bang them with might cheer him no end!!
your local children's centre should have information on all the local toddler groups and support out there
Posted: Sun Jul 05, 2009 8:37 pm
this book has some excellent play ideas, including recipes to make your own playdough etc which is a lot cheaper than buying it!!
Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 7:58 pm
so sorry your having a hard time at the moment.
would you say he is a clingy child?
i never had that problem with oliver as i went back to work when he was 4 months (not my choice but money reasons!) and he has gone to nursery for 3 days a week since then. i think nursery and socialising with other children has def made him a very sociable, non clingy happy child.
would you consider nursery for lo perhaps one or 2 mornings a week?? that might be good for him. or def some groups or play mornings.
Posted: Sun Jul 19, 2009 4:50 pm
Post subject: Thanks
Thanks for all the suggestions, I'm trying them all. We "tried out the playgroup this week, and although he was more of a loner, it did have some positive effect. He has started to take his 2 naps again, yupiee. I think he needs more time to accept seeing other kids his age, so the playgroup is definitely something that I should continue with. I will need to try other suggestions as well, as he needs to open up more. So thanks all of you for posting suggestings, it has been appreciated.