Oh the crankiness!

I am babysitting a one year old for my friend while her and her boyfriend are working and their son is so cranky. He is teething and extremely tired. I have tried everything. Giving him his bottle, holding him, bouncing him, walking around with him, feeding him, changing him, tried a teething ring, tried distracting him with toys, laying him down so he can take a nap. He wants nothing to do with any of it. Normally with my own kids if I have tried everything under the sun I just let them cry it out until they fall asleep. The problem with that is that
A. He's not my kid
B. She babys him like crazy still. She still holds him and feeds him his bottle and rocks him until he falls asleep. Picks him up every time he cries. Seeing as how he's a huge mommy's boy that's all he wants when he's tired and cranky and wants none of it from me.
I don't mind watching him because he's a good kid but when it comes to nap time or bed time he's such a challenge. I don't know what to do. I put him in the pack and play with his bottle and a blanket and pillow and walked away and he seems like he calmed down but now I feel like I am being a bad babysitter. :/

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amandaMorrisville, Pennsylvania
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    05/31/14
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    05/31/14
    amanda
    It doesn't help I guess that we are at my house and not theirs. I just feel bad. He's such a sweet kid. I only babysit him once in a while but we get together with the kids a lot since we are also neighbors. He is fine with coming to me for anything else and I can usually make him calm down any other time. Its just when he's tired. Poor kid. He's probably so confused. But he stopped crying so I think he fell asleep. I'm going to go check on him in a second.
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      Unfortunately, there may not be anything you can do. If baby is cranky and wants mommy, that's just the way it's going to be until baby can have mommy. My husband and I are pretty attached to my daughter, and when she's in her normal mood, he doesn't have any problems, but when she's teething, she just wants me, and will be generally cranky until she can have me...and even after that.

      So, crying it out may be the route baby takes, despite all of your efforts.

      We will try ibuprofen when the pain gets that bad--you'd have to see if Mommy minds that, though.
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        05/31/14
        Beth
        Take a deep breath first off. I don't think you are being a bad babysitter AT ALL, but I can totally understand that feeling.

        You are doing the best you can, and if that baby wants his mama, your best just isn't going to cut it and it's silly for you to continue holding him and rocking him when that's not what he wants. It's one thing to leave a baby crying when there are still other options, and completely another when you are unable to give them what they want and don't have a way to "fix" it... which in this case, unless you can magic yourself into looking, sounding, smelling, and being his mother - I don't think you can ;)
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          05/31/14
          amanda
          I put him down and walked away and after a few minutes he was out cold. He slept for a good hour too. His Mommy and Daddy just picked him up not too long ago.
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