Does your child like to act like a baby?



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Lainie
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11 Sep 2007, 1:36 am

My 11 yr old does this all the time. When he started doing it he was 3, when I told him I was preg. But over the years he has continued to act this way at times.

It's very irritating. But then again I go with the flow because I feel it must be a ASD thing.

Even before I knew about ASD, I went with the flow because I just didn't understand why he did this, and wanted to help him with this, but I never knew how.

So do your kids do this? And if they do, then why?

BTW both my boys do this. My older guy is dx'd with Autistic disorder, and my younger guy is dx-d with Tourettes, and possible something on the spectrum (hasnt' been tested yet)

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11 Sep 2007, 8:24 am

my daughter, who has ADHD & is the youngest of 3, acts like a baby when she's feeling like she's not getting enough attention.
Never had that issue with my aspie son or my NT son.



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11 Sep 2007, 9:32 am

My 5 year old was doing this for a while. "I want to be a baby, and I want to say 'oooooie goooo', and I want a bottle and a binky and a diaper!"



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11 Sep 2007, 10:48 am

Well it very well could just be for attention and not a trait at all. My son was recently dx-d so when he does this I wondered if it was a trait.

I will try to give him some extra attention when he does this and see if it helps.

Thanks!

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11 Sep 2007, 1:42 pm

My autistic 6 1/2 year old son doesn't, but my non-autistic gifted 4 year old son does. :)



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11 Sep 2007, 11:10 pm

my son doesn't act like a baby, but will talk like one sometimes. He'll say something like "me want milk"


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15 Sep 2007, 12:09 am

My kids are almost exactly two years apart. They're about to turn 2 and 4. The younger, my son, is praised for things like showing us where his nose, mouth, ears and tummy are. My daughter, the older of the two, will jump right in and say, "Mommy, you wanna see where my nose is? Look! It's right here!" It's clearly an attempt for attention. We give her plenty, yet she craves every drop. She loves her brother more than anything on earth, but I know she wishes she could have all her attention plus all of his too.

What seems to work is explaining that big kids get praised for big kid things. She, for example, is in preschool and gymnastics. I say, "I'm proud of your brother when he finds his tummy, because he is just learning how to do that. I'm proud of you when you do a tuck roll, because you just learned that in gymnastics. Do you understand what mommy means?" She'll say she does, and I invite her to do a tuck roll, and praise her when she's done for doing the best tuck roll ever. :D


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20 Sep 2007, 5:52 am

Some days all I hear is "why does he act like a baby" from my husband directed at my 13 year old AS son. Hes extrememly bright and 5 foot 7, so it looks even stranger when he acts like this.

Trouble is, where I can let it go over my head, my husband has AS and the noises drive him mad lol.



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24 Sep 2007, 9:12 pm

My 8 year old does it a lot. I think it's easier for him to be communicating in a simpler way. Then again, he likes playacting a lot of things, and baby is just an easy one to do. He will stop if I make him, though. Typical conversation:
"Me hungry!"
"I can't understand you when you don't use proper English."
"Mom, I'm hungry, could I have something to eat?"
"Sure."



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02 Oct 2007, 10:05 am

My 11yo son cries like a baby if he doesn't get what he wants right away. I mean he yells "waaah!"



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25 Oct 2010, 2:06 pm

im 22 going on 23 real age, but inside my emotional / psycological age im still 12 months old. For me acting like a baby is a form of escapisim from the preashures and stress of the real world, and it helps me fight my depreshion. I am whats known as an Adult Baby, i have been for 9 years, but it is the comfort, security, trust, warmth and love that i get just from wearing diapers and acting like a baby, that makes me feel calm relaxed and tranquil. I will probibly never know weather my Aspergers ever had anything to do with what ever it was that made me find comfort and security in using nappies, but i do know that it can be dangorus to deny a child diapers if they have started repeatidly asking for them, or asking you to treat them like a baby. A Child may know what they want, but that child is not going to know why they want it, how to get it, or more importantly the dangoers accosiated with it. The only dangoer here is refusel to get a child diapers. This can lead to your DS/DD getting nappies for themselfs and getting them in some very dangorus ways. Examples of methods they might use, Asking people, Stealing from Shops, Stealing from Hospitals, Stealing from Nursing Homes, Stealing from a Sibling, Looking for them in the trash, Using Another's Incontinence Supply, Spending All There Pocket Money On Them or eaven Looking in the Sanitry/Nappy Waste Bins in Toilets. Im shure you will agree all these methods are highly dangorus. I know about them because i was once in a position were i was was hunting for nappies to wear when i was much younger. Now i have a Budget to use wich i buy them from for myself. Infantilism is the Technical name of this, you yourselfs as parents need to figure out weather your child is an infantilist are going through a phase as part of the Aspergers Syndrome or other ASD. Has there recently been any traumatic changes, a new baby ?, a move in house, a move in school, a death anything like that could trigger a perfectly natural period of regreshion in a young child. The best thing you can do to help your child, is to help there emotions and psycology and play along, if your 4 year old wants to go back to poopy diapers for a month or tow it will help your 4 year old more then you can imagine, and certinaly more then it will stress you out. If you have a 7 year old that wants to go back to sleeping in a crib or back to diapers then you should do it, it will help the child more then it will stress you out. But only allow them to regress once. After that if they still want to regress, then you need to start asking them weather they prefer to be a baby, or a big girl / big boy. If by 13 they are still having difficultys they will know what to do already. The Teen Baby Community is out their for them and is protected from Pedophiles and wiredos.



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25 Oct 2010, 2:07 pm

tiredmama3 wrote:
My 11yo son cries like a baby if he doesn't get what he wants right away. I mean he yells "waaah!"


I wish i could cry like a baby, i cant cry at all



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25 Oct 2010, 5:19 pm

DS, 10, does this often. I think all boys have a real challenge when it comes to asking for affection - our culture just does not allow males to be cuddly; I have a feeling that "playing" baby gives him the chance to get the hugs he needs without feeling emasculated.

It's a sad statement about our society that a 10yo AS kid has already taken in this strong negative message.



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25 Oct 2010, 6:43 pm

My 5 yr old AS son started making baby noises about 6 mos. ago. He loves to verbal stim, and this is just another sound that has been added to his repertoire! My son just really has a tendency to want to act silly a lot, and I think once he realized that it annoyed me, he feels the need to do it more....He gets plenty of hugs and attention as he is an only child. He has not had to compete with siblings for love or attention, he just started doing it out of the blue.

When I ask him to stop doing it, that usually doesn't work, but if I tell him "Okay, babies don't eat chocolate, or babies don't get to go to McDonald's.LOL! .....You can add whatever it is your son likes to do, and sometimes it gets him to stop, sometimes not. As for the reason behind it, I wish I knew. Out of all of the annoying noises my son likes to make, that is the one that annoys me the most, so you are not alone. I definitely thought it had to do with his AS, but now after reading other posters, maybe not.

Sometimes when he does it, I say to my husband, "Okay, Dad, I guess we need to put the baby to bed with his diaper and his bottle." LOL!



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26 Oct 2010, 12:45 am

me regressing right now me 12 months. got me blankie, got me paci, got me teady, me listen to lullabys all night, me had baby food for dindin last night me dipee poopy wetty me so relaxed :D



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