Was this an okay way to handle this? I really wasn't expecting tantrums for a few more months....
I think you handled it fine but honestly don't think it would have made a difference in how it was handled... they don't start understanding cause/effect until much much later and certainly don't understand any kind of discipline now so it won't necessarily effect how he'll behave in the same situation next time. Right now all they know is "if hungry then scream". I don't think they have the capacity to be angry at this age, what happened was probably that you soothed him enough to quiet him down temporarily until you fed him.
My son is turning 13 months old in a few days and just now starting tantrums. If I take away something he shouldn't be playing with, you'd swear I just kicked him or something... doesn't matter how gently I take it away or try to "trade" for something better, there will be a meltdown.
I could be wrong, but I say at 3.5 months, if he wants boob, give him boob :) (You could argue that that's why my son throws tantrums now but I doubt either way at this age he'd have the self control to be ok with not having his way).
Yeah its not a behavior you can really deal with. I don;t think its a tantrum its normal for babies this age to get this way when food is not coming as fast as they would like,gas, tired or whatever. Its normal and not a behavioral thing more of an " I DONT UNDERSTAND WHATS GOING ON!" While they figure it all out thing. I would not treat him like he is throwing a tantrum.
I agree. My policy for infants is to give them whatever they want, because at that age what they want is what they need. I nurse on demand, even if I logically think he couldn't possibly need to eat again.
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I wish I knew that when my son was born! My mom used to harass me about it and it drove me nuts... I never did it half the time either because I was either too tired/lazy/forgot and it didn't look like it made much difference to him anyway... The odd time I did it though, I felt like I was a better mom because I was doing it "properly" lol
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