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Guide Happy parents

infant

number of advice: 20

toddler

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junior

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Baby’s aggression

advice in category: junior

You’re worried that your baby is starting to act aggressively? You’re wondering what the reason of such a sudden change of mood and behaviour is and if you’ve made a parental mistake? Relax! Aggressive behaviours are part of your baby’s growth at the age of one.

The baby starts to understand that it is an independent being and can have an opinion, which it constantly tries to express. Fits of anger or fury are a way of getting to know the world - the baby learns the limits and rules that govern the world. Your role as a parent at this stage is to teach your baby how to control emotions and behaviours.

How can you deal with your baby’s aggression?
First of all, don’t act aggressive - there’s nothing worse than teaching your baby that aggressive behaviour is normal and the stronger one wins. You also shouldn’t tell your baby that you’re hurt by its behaviour - at this age it doesn’t understand the connection between bad behaviour and sadness. The parent should look the baby in the eye and consistently repeat: 'Don’t hit me. It hurts.' You should be patient and watch your baby - if your actions are not effective, try to provide your baby with the opportunity to channel negative emotion while playing.

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