When "NO" doesnt work!?!?!?

Megan - posted on 12/21/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My son is nearly 9 months old, He's crawling and standing by himself and able to get into everything. When he gets into things that he isnt supposed to I tell him know and take him away. He knows Im serious but still goes back. Is there any other way of say "No"???

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Babies that age have a very short attention span and a very short memory. It is likely that he is not going back to the toy maliciously because he knows you said no and he wants to disobey but simply because he forgot already that you said no. Re-direct him to another toy and keep up with it. He will get the idea eventually. Time-outs are helpful as well, sit them next to you or put them in a playpen or crib and walk away for 1 minute. I also do my best to put away things that my son isn't supposed to play with, I know he wants to play with everything and I don't blame him and it tires us both out to have to do the time-out thing all day long so whatever you can hide from him is better I think.

Sarah - posted on 12/21/2009

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I have used all those that the others have mentioned also, and after awhile it does work. Just seems like it takes FOREVER to work. Another thing I have added is my version of a time-out at that age. I do this especially when they are throwing toys and I don't want to "reward" the behavior with giving another toy. What I do is have them sit by me (I am usually sitting on the floor), they can't play with any toys and have to sit there usually less than 1 min.

Cori - posted on 12/21/2009

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redirect him. if he is playing with your water bottle and you want to drink out of it, say no take it away and give him something that he can play with. NO is a hard one for little ones to understand, my son is 1 and we are dealing with this now. the best thing that we have discovered is redirection. we dont scold him, hit him or even "lightly pop his hand" as another mom suggested. At that young age he isnt going to understand why you hit or spank him just get his attention away from the bad behavior and focused on a good behavior and praise him for it.

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After you say NO and take him away from what ever he is getting into and give him a toy or something that he realy likes to take his mind off of what he was doing before. Then if that doesnt work try a little pop on the hand and say NO when you do it.

Amanda - posted on 12/21/2009

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my feonci has a 4 year old girl and when she doesnt lison to the word no i rase my voice then she lisins but then after i have to explane y i had to rase my voice...

Carla - posted on 12/21/2009

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if no doesnt phase him...i would lighty pop his hand. i think he is old enough...its either that or let him do as he pleases....good luck!

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