Does your 9 month old know the meaning of no?

Tiffany - posted on 05/20/2010 ( 67 moms have responded )

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I say NO and isabelle will stop look at me and smile.. lol

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Kate - posted on 06/11/2010

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I'm going through the same thing my son laughs when I say no. If I take him away from whatever he's trying to touch he throws a temper tantrum and then tries to hit me so hang in there eventually it will sink in

Kenya - posted on 06/03/2010

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As a teacher, the word "no" is more of a response. Try using the word "stop" in a commanding voice, followed by a tap on the hand or leg so they will connect the word and the action. My son even smiles when I tap him sometimes, but he backs away from whatever it is immediately.

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Keysha - posted on 02/27/2014

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My daughter cries as if I spanked her or something. I mean she. bawls. I get so sad afterwards but I wanna teach her what no means. I mean, I want to teach her to stop grabing at things that she shouldn't touch and to know how to listen before she gets to that age (terrible 2). But she's just a baby and doesn't know any better. But I think the best time to teach them is when they're young.
But the funny thing is she doesn't cry when her father says no to her. She doesn't even listen to him.

Peta - posted on 06/11/2010

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my daughter knows what it is i think anyway when i say no she looks at me an cries an usually crawls away otherwise she tries again and i say it to her again but she always ends up moving away i think if you say it in a deep voice an be serious they realise your not playing well thats what i have found with my girl anyway

Sara - posted on 06/06/2010

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I also do the tapping on the hand followed by the word no. It worked with my first daughter and by 1 she knew what she was allowed to touch and what not to touch. It just takes some time and a ton of patients. Hopefully my 9 month will do the same :)

Sara - posted on 06/06/2010

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Yes, I most def. think that my 9 month old knows the meaning. I have been trying to teach her not to touch certain things in the house and she's catching on.

Alexis - posted on 06/03/2010

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Yes, my little guy does the same thing, and then he goes on to play with something else. I spent 3 days telling him no to something and then taking him to something he can play with, after that I only have to say No or don't touch and he stops. I think we dont give the credit to little ones being able to understand.

Stephanie - posted on 06/03/2010

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My son Peter is the same he looks at me and laughs as if to say what do you mean NO.

Judie - posted on 06/03/2010

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My son def knows the meaning, he learned it first when he kept trying to stand in the bathtub. Not if he is crawling and i say come here he turns looks at me shakes his head no and goes the other way! Booger! haha

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My son gets the idea of "no". He shakes his head "no" when I say it and most of the time stops. He also shakes his head "yes" in response to a question. 9m is such a fun age!

Alexandra - posted on 06/03/2010

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My son knows that when I say "No" that should stop because his brothers get in trouble after I tell them No. But he also does the same thing. I say no, he laughs, and crawls away...generally stopping him from doing whatever it was that he was going to do. After saying no my pediatrician said to redirect the baby's attention to something else.

Kristen - posted on 06/03/2010

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my son knows the meaning. after i say it , he'll usually stop what hes doing.. then crawl away or sometimes he'll cry.

Tonya - posted on 06/02/2010

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That is so funny because Abagail does the same thing. She will try to grab my glasses off my face and I say "no". Next thing I know she is smiling and giggling.

Sarah - posted on 06/02/2010

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I think it depends on the child and how the parent has addressed the no subject! my little girl definitely knows the meaning of no and anyone who says children at this age do not understand is generalising far too much!! my liitle girl will go to touch something and i will say her name or something sternly and say "NO (firmly) then follow it with.. put down the picture/coal/fork etc" and she will always put down whatever shes manged to get hold of that she shouldnt have!! xx

Nicholle - posted on 06/02/2010

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Lol.. I think we tell him NO so much he now nods his head when he knows he's about to be told.. No no no :O)

Tanya - posted on 06/02/2010

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Desi definitely knows. Sometimes he does that, too (smiles then tries again). Sometimes he goes faster to see if he can get to it before I stop him. But most of the time he just leaves it at this point.

Bhavna - posted on 06/01/2010

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my son Tanish, gives a pause looks back and then tries again...but that atleast gives me the time to rush to him....his favorites are climbing the steps, opening the TV cabinet and climbing in the dishwaher.....

Jessica - posted on 06/01/2010

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mine likes to laugh when i say no but she understands a little because she will hesitate and look at us before she reaches for something shes not supposed too. Sometimes its funny, other times not.

Jess - posted on 06/01/2010

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No, because we say "stop" rather than "no".

"Stop" is a doing word, an action and its an instruction/direction, where as "no" isn't.

So when I tell her to "stop" I'm telling her exactly what is it I want her to do. It works for us, my daughter know she isn't allowed in the Kitchen and one firm "Ava stop" is all it takes now !

Leslye - posted on 05/31/2010

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i think my daughter knows when I say no, because everytime i say no to her she stops what she's doing puts it down and stare at me, sometimes If i don't smile, she will actually cry, or if I am holding her and I say no to something she is doing she will put her head on my chest like she is sorry. lol

SarahJane - posted on 05/31/2010

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Yes, my son knows no in two languages... and still looks at me and smiles. Now he arches his eye brow. He is too much like his mommy!!

Sheila - posted on 05/31/2010

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Carson knows the meaning of NO, if it is something that he has previously gotten away with, he will ignore me while smiling til I reinforce my NO. But if it is something he is just discovering, and I tell him NO, he will leave it alone right away.

Dawn - posted on 05/31/2010

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Man I hate saying no...just cuz of the fact that I get the most guilty "Mommy how could you talk to me like that!" cry ever! lol But she fully knows what it means because she shakes her head no when we give her something she doesnt want or something is hapopening that she doesnt like lol

Kacy - posted on 05/31/2010

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I say no and my little girl stops looks at me and then starts doing what she was doing .. lol ..

Tiffany - posted on 05/30/2010

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Joseph was like that he used to ignore me....but I guess that my tone of voice changes and he stares at me...with that look in his face, the kind of look like the one that says whats gonna happen if I keep touching so i would give him "the look" so he stops....I have so much fun pretending that I mad..cuz the hard thing to do is "Not laugh" when you are saying No cuz i laugh to much so I get into the serious mode...i guess thats why he learns plus we are together the whole day...so we know each other pretty well...

Jennifer - posted on 05/30/2010

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Sometimes when I say no she will actually stop doing it! Other times and what I mean is most of the time lol I say no and she looks at me laughs and keeps doing it.

Tiffany - posted on 05/30/2010

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my understands the word HEY!!! its like a warning in spanish and then i would say NO!!!! and he gets really mad then i point the finger and I say to him Do Not Touch!!! right now he is getting to know the word No better it took me a couple of weeks but now he knows that mommy gets mad if he touches something... now he would look at me for approval....he behaves pretty well ♥

Kimberly - posted on 05/30/2010

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Same thing with our 9 month old. I know she know's the word, because she hesitates and looks and me -- then she smiles and goes for it anyway! Meaning will come over time. :)

Chrisitina - posted on 05/30/2010

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I dont think my son understands no, but he notices the tone in my voice. It is enough to get him to stop and look. But like many of you he ends up crying sometimes. For example, I am still breast feeding and he now has one tooth, so now once in a while he will bite, so I will yell ouch, because it hurts and say no. He will look up at me with this look and cry. However, when he is trying to eat the pine needles on the ground he ignores me. lol

Corinne - posted on 05/29/2010

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My son seems to understand "no" or "uh uh" and will stop whatever he is doing.

Elizabeth - posted on 05/29/2010

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Does anybody know when the little one's will understand the tone of voice at least? My little girl giggles at me each and every time I do it, then I get more mad, and yell louder, and she laughs and squeals louder. Then, I feel the fool, and redirect her attention to something else.

Jeanette - posted on 05/29/2010

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WYATT KNOWS WHAT 'NO ' MEANS, DOESNT MEAN HE ALWAYS LISTENS ! HE WILL STOP AND LOOK AT YOU AND THEN SMILE ! !

Eve - posted on 05/29/2010

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It has taken a few weeks but my little one seems to understand when I say no. He pulls a face like he is going to cry then stops. He then moves onto something else

Nichole - posted on 05/29/2010

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With Kaleb his favorite thing to is test my button with pulling on my necklaces... I grab his hand and tell him No. Within the next 30 seconds he's trying again. So I tell him No. He'll stop look around and then go back to it.. At this age their memory isn't that great.. And within a minute they forget why their were told No. If they remember anything from the moment at all.. The old they get, the longer their memory will get and start remembering what they can and can't do.

Sahana - posted on 05/28/2010

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oh yes this is exactly wht i c in my lil one!!! they are so cute!...i guess it varies with children, my elder one understood. i used to keep her on the bed and tell her : nooo...dont come to the side. she wud stop and and look down and stay where she is! or i wud ask her to pass her hands thru her dress and she wud put her litte hands up asthough wearing her clothes...but this little one does not understand anything...some times i think shes so silly coz she still pull her own hair and starts yelling, while my elder one did that only once when she was two and a hlaf months and she learnt it!!! my children are only 14 months apart, i know i shud not compare them but i'm wondering if its the time i gave for my elder one and the younger one? the elder one had me completely while the younger one gets a little less time, but she only watches her elder sister, so i'm hoping she'll learn soon!

Keysha - posted on 05/28/2010

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My baby understand no and oaught. Now just because she understand doesn't mean she always listens.

Holly - posted on 05/28/2010

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My daughter knows the meaning of the word no. She obeys every time I say it to her. She stops turns around and crawls away from whatever she was going for. You just need to be stern and consistent. She also understand get down when I hand motion down. I am blessed with a very good listener.

Stacey - posted on 05/27/2010

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my son understands it but yeah he doesnt always listen 2 me haha. his favourite thing 2 touch is the playstation but if i say no before he gets 2 it he will stop and do something else. but he will go bak later lol.

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I find that even as adults NO is a hard word. If you think about it, whenever someone says no you stop in your tracks and it could cause another problem. Plus, I like to save "no" for when I really need it. Let's say the toddler is playing with my books that are kept on a low bookshelf. Instead of saying no, I might say "Those are Mommy's books, would you like to go play with your bristle blocks (or any other toy that I think she might be interested in. Yes, it takes effort, but my 2 year old doesn't have a case of the "nos", she understaNds boundaries and sometimes she can redirect herself.

Renae - posted on 05/27/2010

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When I say NO (in my stern mummy voice) my little man stops and looks at me, grins or laughs and then continues on anyway! It is super cute and I have no idea how I am going to hold a straight face and discipline him as he gets older...

Danita - posted on 05/27/2010

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My daughter may not know the meaning of know but she knows the different tones in my and my husbands voices. The other day she pinched my husband and he said ow (in a stern tone) and the poor thing started crying. Same thing when she was getting into something she shouldnt have been, I just said "HEY" to get her attention away from it and she looked at me and stuck her lip out and then cried.

Krissy - posted on 05/27/2010

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Leyla is 9 months old and she definatly understands the word " no" I call her name when she is playing with cords or pulling herself onto the TV and she looks at me, i then say " no" and typically she will smile and laugh ( she wants me to come get her its a game) but sometimes when shes being calm she will stop and move away and sit back then wave to me

Aimee - posted on 05/26/2010

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My son is the same. I tell him NO in a firm voice, move him away from what hes touching that hes not aloud to and he laughes and goes right back to it. he thinks its a game, No may be a word they learn early on, but they dont really understand :)

Michelle - posted on 05/26/2010

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My lil girl is finally starting to understand no. I feel bad when i have to tell her no and then she cries. But i know we are slowly getting there. When i tell her no i try to explain why and tell her that she needs to play with her toys and move her to her toy box or give her a toy. That seem to work sometimes. But i have learned that some things or ok if she plays with cause i really don't want to tell her no 100 times a day. But i stay consistent with the things that would hurt her or she could break.

Angie - posted on 05/24/2010

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I'm in the same boat!! I have no idea if a 9 month old is old enough to comprehend the meaning of the word no, but I sure wish he did!! Man, I was excited for crawling, but now I miss him being immobile sometimes!

Keshia - posted on 05/24/2010

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my son knows what it means but is such a little smart ass he laughs at me its cute to a point but then i have to be a little aggresive to let him know that he cant do that then he trys to suck up to me by saying mama in this cute little voice

Elizabeth - posted on 05/24/2010

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I say no to my son in a very stern voice and he looks at me and laughs.. I keep trying and then remove him from what he is not supposed to be touching.. I think he is headstrong like his mommy..

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