It is a wild, high-pitched sound that she repeats over and over to indicate her need or want for something. Often it is accompanied by her hand held out in the direction of that-which-she-desires, but sometimes she just looks in a direction and forces Mommie to guess.
In the past few days, it has become more frequent, more shrill, and louder. It is about to push me clear over the edge.
I have tried everything. I read in The Happiest Toddler On The Block that you're supposed to talk to them in Toddler-ease (short, emphatic sentences that mirror their feelings back to them so they can feel 'heard') and then ignore the screeching. Yea, good luck with that.
Since she seems to be using it to try to communicate, I have been trying to figure out what each screech means (the pointing and looking are clues sometimes). Then I try to use words to show her how to ask for it. Example: she points to something on the couch she wants that is out of reach and screeches. I say "you can say 'mommy get that' or 'mommy help me' if you want that toy." as I hand it to her. I try not to be too wordy, and I realize she won't be able to communicate in this way for a while, but this is one tactic I have tried.
Mom and I have both tried teaching her to say "momma" when she wants my attention instead of screeching. No go.
In a restaurant Sunday night she screeched at least 50 times. I thought I was going to go batty by the end of dinner. She had screeched so much that even an hour after she went to bed, the sound was still rattling around in my head.
Does ignoring really work? If I'm in the room with her and she wants a toy she can't reach, will ignoring it really make her stop screeching? And god help the poor people in the restaurant this weekend if I had tried to ignore her.
Had anyone else successfully made it through the screeching stage and lived to tell about it? Please tell me how to make it stop. I'm begging.
She is pretty cute, otherwise!