When Does A Baby Become A Toddler?

Because my “baby” has started displaying rather toddler like behavior in the last week or so! I can seriously see how she’s busy figuring out her boundaries, busy working out what is good and what is bad behavior and what gets her the reactions she’s looking for.

It all started with the spitting about two weeks ago which coincided with starting her on protein. At first I thought perhaps she just didn’t like the chicken and mince I’d cooked for her. But then the spitting started to accompany all her meals, including the things she’d previously loved. It was then that I noted the little twinkle in her eye each time she spat at me. How she’s look me straight in the eye and spit with a little smile on her face. I started wondering then already if this was a sign of things to come.

Fortunately, she seemed to get bored of that rather quickly and that phase past within a week. But since then she’s started with other little things.

As an example, on Sunday night, when Walter took her bath toys from her and pulled out the plug and took her out the bath to get her dressed for bed, she started crying (tearless) and making her body as stiff as a wash board. It looked decidedly to me like a mini tantrum. She was plain pissed off at being taken out of the bath. She continued to cry this tearless cry the entire way through him getting her dressed.

On Sunday my Mom and I also went shopping, we hit the malls in a big way to cash in on all the winter sales. We stopped at Europa CafΓ© for some lunch and my Mom had suggested I give her a cooled chippy to nibble on while she waited for us to finish eating.Β  After I’d passed her the chippie, which my mother had suggested, my mom then goes: “I’m sure she won’t choke on it!”

My natural reaction was to snatch the chip out of Ava’s hand and stuff it in my mouth before there could be any further talk of choking babies. Her reaction? Complete with a quivering lip, to stare at me and cry!

Then we were wondering through Woolies and they had a lot of soft toys on sale, so my Mom grabs one of the dogs, ignoring me say “Mom don’t do that!” She plonks the dog in front of Ava and starts saying: “Look Ava its Dexter!” Of course, we then had to extricate the fluffy dog from Ava’s grip and pretend like we didn’t notice the lip quiveriing and wailing that followed.

My mothers response? “She wants everything her eyes see!”

My retort? “She’s 7 months old, what were you expecting???”

So are we starting tantrums early or when exactly does the toddler phase start?

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  • Reply mozzie01

    My girls have started with the ‘tantrums’!!! Ems does the ‘ironing board’ stiff body thing and Hayls sits and screams her lungs out and goes red in the face!!! Mmmmmm, fun times!
    x x x x

    July 27, 2010 at 1:19 pm
  • Reply Zeu

    Sorry Sharon, but it’s really funny πŸ™‚

    Mine also started round about the same age..
    Let the fun and games begin …..

    July 27, 2010 at 1:23 pm
    • Reply Sharon

      Oh I agree Zue, it is funny! I’m just not sure that laughing at her is the best way to respond and I’m not sure either Walter and I will think its funny for that much longer. Its still fairly novel so we think its hilarious!

      July 27, 2010 at 1:28 pm
  • Reply elna3

    Ours did the same especially taking stuff away from her that she wants to put in her mouth. I know… at first you think it is funny too but then you do wonder how best to manage it. It is good though to see their little personalities coming out -all an adventure!!!

    July 27, 2010 at 1:52 pm
  • Reply marina1605

    Yip, her timing is spot on. Claudio also started with those little tantrums at around 7 months. Now whatever we take away from him is like the end of the world to him, but we try and distract with something he’s allowed to play with instead, and then he soon forgets what it was he was crying about. We also try {although it is hard sometimes} to ignore the tantrums because if he figures out that it’s a means to an end, we’re in big trouble! Good luck, the fun and games have certainly begun πŸ™‚

    July 27, 2010 at 1:56 pm
  • Reply zamom

    I thought they became toddlers when they started to “toddle” around on their feet? Chris tells me that I still throw tantrums, so don’t think tantrums are confined to toddlers!!! Zoe’s opinion is that you’re a baby when you go in a rear- facing car seat, then you become a toddler when you start going in the forward-facing “normal” car seat, what she calls a toddler seat, and then we you can sit in a booster seat you’re a big girl!!

    July 27, 2010 at 2:00 pm
  • Reply mommy2m

    Heehee!! Good luck Sharon! It is really funny when it starts but does get a bit annoying! Best is not to react. Mine is now almost three and also started to ‘assert’ herself before she was a year old. Keep telling myself that at least my strong willed little girl will be able to stand up for herself when she gets older but I must admit there are times that I feel like I am arguing with myself. Doesn’t help that DH has reverted to throwing tantrums in response. Hope the tantrums in your house are confined to the about to be toddler!

    July 27, 2010 at 2:46 pm
  • Reply hollielee5

    Hmmm, my experiences have taught me that the bath time crying will involve tears in about 6 more weeks. And, as long as the kid is coughing, air is passing and she won’t choke. :O) (this is from my dh that’s an RN and Paramedic) The boundaries are continually tested from this point on until your lil one has lil ones. And the spitting will become all sorts of funny noises that will have you splitting your sides with laughter! :O) Enjoy!

    What is a little hard for me to swallow is my 9 1/2 month old will say DAH DAH and the names of the two dogs, but NO MA MA or anything resembling it. UGH!!

    July 27, 2010 at 3:07 pm
  • Reply skrambled

    Oh boy….looks like you are in for it! lots of running around and lots of fun.

    July 27, 2010 at 3:47 pm
  • Reply vroutjie

    Hehehehe!!!! Here it goes!


    July 27, 2010 at 4:24 pm
  • Reply little29

    oh yes right on time – they start pushing boundries early for sure! I could handle most of it but the arching back and getting stiff would drive me to drink! and there is lots more to come – my little boy is 3 and is ten times worse than when he was 2 – my clinic was right – they start knowing what they want very early and it just carries on from there – as hard as it is not to laugh or react you gotta try ignore it – if they dont get the desired response from you it just aint fun anymore….lol

    July 27, 2010 at 4:33 pm
  • Reply hanneke001

    And so it begins !! Good luck !!

    July 27, 2010 at 7:05 pm
  • Reply Nisey

    oooh, tantrums… good luck! love the staring you in the eye bit! jaden is a pro at that!! maybe they can hook up and compare notes one day

    July 27, 2010 at 7:39 pm
  • Reply lea2109

    As for the chippie – I also don’t think she will choke on it. It is soft so she would have probably mushed it between her gums. She should be nearly ready now for finger foods which you will find will be loads of fun!

    As for starting to know what she wants, I’m sure that’s where she is right now. At this age kids can seriously play on your feelings. I think Bianca had her very first tantrum at 7 months old (although with her we only ever had maybe as many as 5 tantrums her whole life so far). Caitlyn on the other hand got the terrible twos big time, but thankfully she doesn’t seem much into the whole tantrum thing anymore.

    I think a toddler only really means that they “toddle around” – the way they look when they first start walking around. So for all intents and purposes except for the walking, little Ava might indeed display behaviours many see in their toddlers πŸ™‚

    Just remember that this will pass also!

    July 27, 2010 at 9:02 pm
  • Reply emk808

    So funny. Yeah, tantrums come with the territory, but the “toddler” title comes along with walking, I think. Soon! πŸ˜‰

    July 28, 2010 at 2:42 am
  • Reply hcouperus

    *Smile* Welcome to the new phase of parenting! Just one word of advice, deal with tantrums early as some of the other mums have already said, sometimes they continue in various forms for years!! I have used my cot a lot for ‘time out’ as in throw your tantrum in your cot and I’ll get you when you have finished! Works pretty well most of the time. My 2 year old screams, and screams and screams when she doesn’t get her way, oh dear! She has spent a fair amount of time in her cot calming down! (it doesn’t help that she has 3 older sisters cheering her on!)On the positive side, AVA’s character will start to come out, she will be soo much fun! Miss 2 tells me that I’m ‘her mummy’ and she is NOT my baby but ‘mama’s helper’! So cute πŸ™‚

    July 28, 2010 at 11:47 am
  • Reply pandoragelb

    So hard to keep a straight face when they do these things! When my little madam does something that she thinks will gets her a reaction, and I know the twinkle in the eye you mean, I mutter to myelf ‘I am ignoring you, I am ignoring you’ etc. But it is hard. Also, DH puts her in the corner for a time out, and she screams blue murder, but when I said ‘stop it or you are going in the corner’, she toddled off to the corner quite happily!

    July 28, 2010 at 9:01 pm
  • Reply natshenman81

    Hannah has also known exactly what she wants and how to get it. Yes that does involve screaming, crying tearlessly and the stiff body. Oh wait, it also includes throwing herself on the floor in a way that I am surprised she doesn’t get hurt and kicking her legs! not a pretty sight at all!
    My husband quickly adds that I am nearly 30 and react in a very similar way when I am frustrated πŸ™‚
    Must be a girl thing πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    July 30, 2010 at 12:34 pm
  • Reply orbit365

    Sjoe…she is right on time. Good Luck. You are sooooo gonna need it!


    July 31, 2010 at 9:35 am
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