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How to Calm a Hyper 1-Year-Old Child

author image Holly L. Roberts
Holly Roberts is an award-winning health and fitness writer whose work has appeared in health, lifestyle and fitness magazines. Roberts has also worked as an editor for health association publications and medical journals. She has been a professional writer for more than 10 years and holds a B.A. in English and an M.A. in literature.
How to Calm a Hyper 1-Year-Old Child
A mother takes her one-year old son for a walk. Photo Credit: oneinchpunch/iStock/Getty Images

Life can be very exciting for a 1-year-old. By the time your child's first birthday rolls around, she's discovered that she can propel herself using her body, figured out that different sounds mean different things and realized that the world is full of things to explore. All that excitement can make a 1-year-old hyper, especially if she's hungry or sleepy. Knowing how to calm your child when she's hyper can help both you and your child.

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Step 1

Offer your baby a snack. Most 1-year-olds have the manual dexterity to eat finger foods, but they have to concentrate to grasp and eat. Focusing on food can help an infant to focus and calm down.

Step 2

Try massage. Gently stroking your baby's arms, legs and back can have a soothing effect, just as it's calming for adults to have a massage.

Step 3

Sing to your baby in a soft, soothing voice. Skip high-energy songs in favor of quieter ones, like "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" or "Keep on the Sunnyside." Encourage your baby to sway or move calmly to the music, or hold and rock her in your arms in rhythm with the music.

Step 4

Remove your baby from the situation if you think his environment is making him hyper. If you're in a crowded, noisy place or there's a lot of stimulating color or activity in your area, your baby may need a change of scene to completely calm down.

Step 5

Take a walk. Fresh air can work wonders when you're trying to calm a hyper child.

Step 6

Encourage your baby to calm down by praising her for calm behavior with words and smiles.

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