Yes….that lovely phase where baby uses an ear piercing scream to express all emotions or just to exercise the vocal cords!
My lil man is 10 months old now and loves listening to himself scream! I’ll never forget the time my family was out to eat while I was pregnant and from the corner of the restaurant, we could hear high pitched screeching. Daddy looked at me perplexed…
“Is that a baby? Our son will never do that!”
I laughed =D and replied…
“Oh yes he will! All babies do that!”
He didn’t believe me until now!
In fact, we were out getting ice cream the other day. It was an intimately small store, full of people. Everyone smiled at our little guy as we walked in, ordered our ice cream and sat down.
I could still hear the family over to the left of us talking about how adorable baby was. Big sister had her eyes closed, savoring the triple chocolate dessert on her spoon when suddenly….
As loud as he could and as high pitched as I’ve ever heard…baby screamed out of nowhere! The whole place jumped in unison, leaping out of seats, arms up in the air…….no exaggeration! Even an elderly woman ordering her dessert yelped in shock!
My first reaction was to look at baby and say “Are you serious kid!? Your killin me!”
The room filled with giggles that grew into full on laughter. I’m so glad everyone was light-hearted about this. I know there can be some pretty angry, negative people out there. I know because at this phase, my baby screams all the time! Let’s just say, the looks aren’t always empathetic.
How to deal with the screaming phase
Here are all the techniques I’ve tried and how they have worked:
- I made my deep voice and said “Hey!” or “No!” in order to shock him out of a screaming session. This would work once in a while by startling him. I don’t think it’s really a good technique. Big sister also watched me do it once and thought it was ok for her to yell no at him. Siiiiiighhhh, it’s tough adulting I tell ya…. lesson learned!
- I began giving him alternatives to screaming based on why I thought he was doing it. If there was food, I showed him how to sign “more” or “all done”. If he was upset I asked if he needed a hug etc. This is a great technique but of course it needs a lot of consistency!
- I tried whispering to him in order to bring his volume down and attention to me. This did work but not all the time. If he was screaming out of anger he didn’t care what I had to say.
- I also made sure to redirect his attention to something else. This worked many times but he would often go back into screaming mode if not engaged one on one for a while.
Basically, this is a completely normal and healthy phase babies go through! So try to keep yourself calm and ride it out.
Make sure you comment below with any techniques you try and contact me on facebook if you’d like to chat!