Accelerating Delayed Development
My oldest son doesn't walk yet, but he does crawl. How can I get him to start walking? He also has violent tantrums. When I try to get him to do something he doesn't want to do he hits, kicks, bites, vomits and refuses to eat. How can I help stop these tantrums and get him over the vomiting?
Regarding the 17-month-old, it sounds as though a lot of his behavior comes from frustration. He will still be at a 15-month-old's level of development, so don't panic with the walking, but do spend time with him encouraging and practicing cruising, etc. Regarding the vomiting, his strong gag reflex enables him to do this, so just don't give him attention for it—just clean it up and move on!! Work with him on communication, talking and sign language, and a lot of the frustration behavior will stop. Walk a few steps away during tantrums and if he bites, just say firmly, "No biting!" and walk away!
Regarding the 6-month-old, the answer is weaning. At this point, the only way your 6-month-old will take a bottle is if you leave him with his dad, making bottle feeding his only option. I always suggest to mums that if they want their baby to take a bottle, they need to give them one once a day from about 6 weeks old so this problem does not happen. Some babies refuse to take a bottle after six months of nursing, but keep trying! You can also try a soft-spout sippy cup!
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