When do babies understand "No"?

Laurel - posted on 04/18/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )




Just curious on the answers and opinions, as I am sure there are many! When did you feel your baby understood what it meant when you told them no?
I breastfeed my daughter, so when she got her teeth in at 7 months, I inevitably was getting bit. I would take her away from my nipple and say a firm "No biting", or "No". After a few days, the biting stopped almost completely! Not sure if it was the action of interrupting her feeding, the firm words that she understood, or both. Now she is 10 months, and when she gets into something she shouldn't, we do the same thing by saying no and redirecting her. I'm hoping that one of these days I can remove her from the entertainment center and she will understand. Nowadays I just get an annoyingly cute little smirk no matter how firm my No's get! Thanks for any answers and advice in advance! =)


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Kaitlin - posted on 04/18/2012




SOunds like she's right on track..... lol. Yeah I would say understanding anywhere between 7 - 12 months, but listening is a totally different story. ;)
That smirk is SO funny and so annoying- I know it well. Sounds like you're doing everything exactly right!

Dove - posted on 04/18/2012




As long as the word is followed immediately by an action I think they can certainly understand the word by 9 months. Whether or not they actually LISTEN to the word, now that is another story entirely. ;)

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