Jessica - posted on 05/04/2011 ( 64 moms have responded )
So, I'm part of this birth club on another site for my now 3 month old. Someone a couple days ago started a post asking if anyone has started telling their babies "no" yet for "undesirable" behavior. I figured, that's crazy, they're still little babies. TONS of women replied that yes, they do this. Things like pulling hair, squirming during diaper changes, grabbing earrings etc. I think like 2 other people said that was silly and they are too young. It blew my mind how many people thing its appropriate to tell a little baby no. A couple went so far as to suggest that if you don't start telling your baby no at this age, they will grow up to be basically delinquents who will walk all over you. I thought this was laughable but several people agreed!
I'm not talking 9 or 10 month olds here. I'm talking about 3-4 month old babies. I don't know about you guys, but I can't think of a single thing my 3 MONTH OLD does that warrants me telling him no. If he grabs my hair because it accidentally comes into contact with his little fist, I remove it and pull my hair back. Diaper changes, I just put a diaper on him. I don't even think he would understand what I would tell him no for! He might get that I'm unhappy for some reason, I do thing infants pick up on emotions like that, but he wouldn't know why! He's just learning out to be a baby!
So I am curious. Tell me, am I completely out of whack for thinking that its crazy to tell a little baby no, as if its going to do something?