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First Furious Fit

They say there's a first for everything. And the other day it was my daughter's first furious fit.

Early in the day, she enjoyed breakfast followed with a hardy nap. When she woke from it, she was more like a crazed animal than my sweet daughter.

To see what happened,


Straight out of the crib, my bookworm babe repeatedly said, "Book!" so I gave her a book. She tossed it across the room and then started whaling, "Boooooooook!" Confused, I kept trying to hand her book after book.

Then, I sat her on my lap and attempted to read her favorite story. She finally calmed down a bit. Thinking the battle was over, I tried to finish dressing her. But, just as soon as the first sock went on, the tears and wails returned — only this round was worse.

Snot was draining as much as her crocodile tears. I took her to my bed in an attempt to lie down and read another book to her. She arched, screamed and writhed around until I finally gave up. Despite her saddened red face, I struggled to put socks and shoes on her tiny feet.

As soon as that task was complete, I took her outside for a walk, which always makes her happy. The fresh air and sunshine were just what the doctor ordered.

Peace was restored – eyes were dry and she was smiling from ear to ear.

I have my suspicions, but will never know what set her off.

Has this ever happened to you? What was your baby's first fit?

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BlairBear BlairBear 9 years
My youngest is THE queen of all fits! When she gets mad, she starts screaming at the top of her lungs and if her demand isn't met in an appropriate amount of time, she stops breathing, falls down on the floor (straight over, like a tree, no sitting down), usually onto her face. When I pick her up, she is purplish with her eyes looking up at the ceiling, still not breathing, mind you. So I have to blow air in her mouth to make her start breathing, then she buries her face in my shoulder for a few minutes. After being held for a few minutes, she looks up at me, like HA! I know you're not supposed to cave into tantrums but that's scary. She's not even one yet.
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
lol, can't even remember the first ones with #1 and #3 :ROTFL: and WAY to many to count. "poo-poo head mommy!" was big when #3 was about 20 months. seems funny now, at the time i thought she must have some personality disorder.
ineasley ineasley 9 years
My baby (who is now 4) had a meltdown like that before. I was so scared I didnt' know what to do. She was about a year old. I was so glad we were at my mom's because I started crying when I could soothe (which didn't help the situation). I pretty much boiled it down to this: they have bad days too! The only difference between them and us is they don't know how to handle it. Pretty much that day, my baby didn't want to bothered and I let her cry at that point. As much as it pained me, when I put her back in her crib, she eventually stopped crying and began to do her own thing (whatever that was at the time). And when she was ready to get out, she called me. LOL
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
In all my years of babysitting my nephews, working at daycare, and babysitting other kids I've never encountered a meltdown like that! I will probably be with the little boy I am babysitting now for long enough to finally encounter one... it'll be interesting to see how I react lol
Dana18 Dana18 9 years
My son is the melt down king. He has down this since one. When waking from a nap he need time to acclimate. He would even throw himself on the floor. The best think to do is step away from them. Until they realize you are trying to help them.
sarahinparis sarahinparis 9 years
My 16 month old daughter has these moments. No amount of soothing or distracting will work - she just gets more upset if I give her any attention. So I usually just start reading her favorite book out loud to myself. This usually does the trick, she can't seem to resist making the animal sounds that accompany the text. A walk outside will also work when she's grumpy.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
My son has never in his life had a meltdown like that. But, my daughter - aka the Sweet Little Hellion - definitely goes through these types of things. With her, what she needs the most is her own time to deal. Soothing talk, trying to figure out what she is asking for and giving it to her, trying to remove her from the environment all just work her up more.
Masqueraded_Angel Masqueraded_Angel 9 years
Aww, poor baby...haha, I think she was just cranky. :) I soon found out that when my son wakes up from his nap, he needs at least a good 5 to 10 minutes of "quiet time" to adjust before we can start wrecking havoc across the house again. If I swoop in on him as soon as he wakes up? Yeah, Mom's got a deathwish for the rest of the day. lol!
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