listening problems

Desirae - posted on 09/02/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My son is 10 months and recently has not been listening very well. No matter what I do he just will not listen. When I tell him "no" he just looks at me then goes right back to doing whatever it is he shouldn't be doing. I don't want to yell at him but it's getting to be a real problem. Any tips would be very helpful! Thanks.

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Sarah - posted on 09/03/2010

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I feel like I say the word "no" 1000 times a day haha. My son will be 1 in two weeks & he loves getting into stuff he's not supposed to (as do all babies lol). I will usually tell him "no" and then remove him from the item or situation. Sometimes it takes about 5 or 6 times of him crawling back over to it, before he moves onto something else haha. I think consistency is the key. Don't give up...maybe eventually they'll listen lol.

COURTNEY - posted on 09/03/2010

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Dont give up the more repetitive you are the better he will know that mommy is serious and not giving up!

Desirae - posted on 09/03/2010

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Thanks! The tips are really helpful. I really think he is just testing my bounderies because when his dad says no he stops right away. We will just keep working on it.

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My baby girl is also 10 months old and I don't think she really understands what "no" means right now. BUT....she does know my Tone. If she is about to touch something and I just said the word no.....she would keep going. But if I say "no" With the Tone.....she will stop and look at me. sometimes she might actually stop.....sometimes she might not. but the fact that she stops and looks at me first, indicates that she does get some aspect. If she continues the behaviour, I remove her from the area and give her something appropriate to play with. That is about all you can do right now. They are too young for time outs, and too young to spank (if that is your choice....I don't want to offend anyone...but I do know lots of people who still spank in this day and age.) This is my third child and I use the same technique I did for the first two. I use the same phrases each time so that they will eventually learn through repetition. So, it is "no, don't touch"; "no, not safe". "no, that's not a toy. here's a toy". just very simple sentences that get the point across. And of course, praise when they do obey. When she is Really adamant about something....and she has already perfected her older sisters' scream at 10 months.....I find re-direction is the best method. their minds are so eager to explore and discover right now, which is exactly why they are getting into so much trouble, that almost anything will distract them. So baby proof to some extent, as they do need a safe environment, but it is also easy to just play up on that natural curiosity by channeling them in the right direction.

Jennifer - posted on 09/02/2010

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Things I have tried:

Getting on Emma's level, holding her hands, and looking in her eyes and telling her no.

Taking this away or her away from things.

Last resort, exercauser (time out) time.

Note: these don't always work .. but it's worth a try!

Emma is 13 months but we've been doing the same thing since she was 7-8 months. Sometimes it just takes a lot of No's before they get it. Lately she looks at me touches it looks at me and when I say no she smiles and either doesn't touch it or touches it again until I say no again. I think it's her way of making sure she understands what she can't touch or she just likes messing with me ;)

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baby proof really well so you don't have to get on to him as often. at 10 months they haven't totally grasped the word no yet. even if he has he is going to test boundaries its part of thier development. just be consistant and he will start listening better its just part of his learning process.

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