My 2 year old (soon to be 3) sometimes gets into these moods where he just cries for hours. Its almost like a switch. one moment hes happy then the next he wants to be to himself and cry. He goes under his bed and just lies there. We have fun and go out all the time and I make sure that he knows I love him but when he does this it makes me feel horrible. Is there a such thing as baby depression?

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Updated on Jan 29, 2020

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Answer:
I understand your concern. It is just this phase which we call as terrible twos. It would extend till he is three. Then you will go through a phase called threenager ( behaviour is almost like a teen ). By the age of four they will settle down. Do not take it personally. He is learning to mind his own mind. He will want to be independent. Offer choices to him. I know it is tough but you have to be very patient. His behaviour is just attention seeking. For children attention is equal to love. Every year there will be changes. He is bringing out his identity and independence. You have to be understanding and see from his perspective. He is exploring and curious. You could also look out for a day care or play group to engage her for two hours in the day. You will have to consistently coach him on managing emotions. Use story telling and books to inculcate the expected behaviour. I hope these give you some ideas.

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