One of the biggest challenges for parents with young babies is on how to deal with tantrums. Babies are bound to throw tantrums. That is how they communicate. With older children, there are many options that can be used in dealing with the tantrums. But with babies, who are still young and delicate, one has very few options in dealing with the tantrums. So the question always comes up, as to what is the best way to deal with baby tantrums. That is the question I will be attempting to answer in this article.
In my view, there are several steps you need to follow, when trying to deal with baby tantrums.
Firstly, you have to establish what exactly it is the baby wants. When a baby throws a tantrum, it is because he wants something. A baby doesn’t throw a tantrum for no reason.
Secondly, you have to establish whether what the baby wants is something you can/should give him or not. So this is a question of gauging the appropriateness.
Thirdly, if what the baby wants is something you can give, you need to figure out what the best way to give it to him is. You have to avoid a situation where you reinforce tantrums. That is, where you show the baby that he should be throwing tantrums in order to have his needs met.
Fourthly, if what the baby wants is something you can’t give, you need to figure out what the best way to inform him is. Just like any other person, the baby will be deeply disappointed, if he can’t have what wants. So the other question that will arise is as to how you can help him deal with the disappointment. Whatever you do, you have to ensure that you minimize, rather than enhance the baby’s disappointment. You have to understand that the baby is still learning how to deal with disappointment. He doesn’t have as much experience as you, in dealing with disappointment. What to you may seem like a small matter may, to him, be a very big deal.