Apologies if this is a duplicate, it searched for the question terms but found nothing similar.
Our baby is nearly 7 months old, and after being left to do anything for over 5 minutes, just starts to moan. Toys, bouncers, TV, anything we give her won't amuse her for more than five minutes before she starts moaning and groaning with discontent. The only thing that pacifies her seems to be us carrying her around.
My poor wife is going nuts at the moment. I looked around and see other people having the same issues for babies this age, but the forum posts lack any sense of solution! While I know social interaction is very important, she's not lacking that I promise!
So I need to know:
- Is this just a phase? She's been like this for about 3 weeks now
- Are her toys not "interesting" enough? Should we provide 9-month toys?
- Should we just leave her to moan? We tried this but it was very hard with all the noise she makes
Or anything else? I don't have much hair left to pull out.
Well, what an emotional weekend it was. On Saturday my wife and I got so frustrated with the noises we both had to take time off to calm down.
Then on Monday, she woke up and instead of the usual moaning, began making the cutest noises; part "boo", part raspberry-blowing, part shriek of joy with a massive smile, part trying to say words (as close as she can figure!). She's also suddenly starting moving her arms and legs as if trying to crawl, and I suddenly feel some serious bumps under those gums.
I also bought some 9-12 month toys. Although she doesn't realise what a plastic steering wheel is for, she seems content to try moving it and pressing buttons, so I guess that's helped as well.
While this may not be the end of the moaning per-se, it does obviously subside, and the reward as a parent listening to the result has been worth every minute of the previous grief.