Saturday, May 22, 2010

Lack of Coping Skills?

I know I am over-reacting (because that is what I do) and this is going to sound really ridiculous, but is it possible for a 6-month-old to already show signs of no coping skills (or the lack thereof)? OMG - it sounds even more ridiculous now that it's out in the open as opposed to the question flowing repeatedly in my head (:::wants to hit backspace key so bad:::).

Seriously, though, what is the deal with this little one getting SO frustrated over the smallest things?

1. Her toy was in front of her, but she couldn't reach it - freaked out.
2. She couldn't get a ball into her mouth because it was too big - really freaked out.
3. Picked up a plastic ring and, well... - REALLY, REALLY, REALLY freaked out.

I've googled "Baby Coping Skills" and it's probably the first time in my lifetime that I can barely find any topics. That should ease my mind, right? No. I still need answers. Please.

That's your cue...please email me or post your comments! What's your experience with babies getting frustrated like this? I'm assuming it's normal, but I need some reassurance, please!

Good night.


  1. We are dealing with some frustration with Sugar Plum too. We have been assured that frustration is normal and actually good for them at this age. According to a friend they get bored and frustrated because they cant reach something (etc) and eventually they learn to scoot or crawl to get whatever they want. I would also check for teeth - they can be really irritable when they are hurting from teething.

  2. Katelyn will growl, yell, and bang on things when she can't pull up on the bouncer chair. She tries and tries to get up but when she can't, she becomes furious! I let her keep going and eventually she will get it but then she gets frustrated when she can't stand all the way up. I try to help her as much as I can, but holding her up all day so she can feel like a big girl isn't exactly an option. After a while she will get her mind on something else but the frustrations are unlimited. I think it is just part of growing and wanting to do (and get into) everything.

  3. Belle gets frustrated too. She is finally rolling over back to belly. Then gets stuck on her belly. If she can reach a toy she is happy. If she can not reach it she gets mad. She has a temper too. When she gets mad she throws anything that is in reach. She is a little drama queen.

    I left something for you over on my blog!