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How do I teach the meaning of "no" to a 9 month old? He's crawling everywhere and is very, very curious and wants to get into everything.
Is it just something that takes time?
Obviously I'm not interested in "tapping" his hand or any part of his body. Having watched Super Nanny, I thought I was supposed to use low, stern tones when telling him not to do something. But he's an easy-tempered little baby, and he seems to respond better to normal-toned explanations (though of course he doesn't understand the words) and distraction.
Sometimes if I let him touch something he shouldn't (while supervising him), it seems to relieve his curiosity a little bit and he loses interest.
What are your strategies? I worry that I won't be able to take him anywhere, like friends' houses, because he will wreck their house.