teaching a 16month old safe way to play

Elo - posted on 11/25/2009 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My son climbs everything there is to climb and I dont want to take out every furniture or place things out of his reach, so he can have the comfort of a home, how do i distract and teach a 16month old without spanking?

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Shelby - posted on 11/25/2009

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to distract you'd just have to be on the ball ALLL the time. have you considered flicking the hand when he touches dangerous things? my son learned very quickly what was a don't touch - not as a form of discipline like he'd done something wrong, just that "if i touch this it hurts". they can't even disassociate from the object to really know what hurts them yet, just that "when i touch scissors it hurts" or "when i touch this glass vase it hurts". we were able to keep much of our breakable stuff out b/c after a few days of this he never went back to those things. he learned "toys" and "non toys" and it was pretty cut and dry to him. also; i've heard that teaching them how to climb DOWN stairs is so important, rather than trying to keep them away from them altogether.

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