How do I get my 19 month old to stop climbing on and touching everything?

Sophie - posted on 10/12/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My 19 month old daughter has been driving me nuts! She absolutely loves climbing on everything possible. She also loves touching and throwing everything. I have tried time-outs, calmly taking to her, moving her to a different place, distracting her, lightly smacking her hand and/or butt, being stern with her and telling her no, etc.



Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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i agree with the ladies, i have two boys, 2 and 1 make sure your house is really child proof, takes away a lot of the temptations.. they are learining at these ages, testing boundaries and such.. be real firm when its something dangerous.. also pick your battles esp if its somethig like taking wipes out of the container lol.. i also have set up certain places in my house that they can get into w/o hurting themselves.. i put all my tupperware in a bottom cabinet unlocked so they can do that.. there are cubbies underneath my end tables that i put some house items that cant hurt them, or even some of their own toys.. they like that, the climbing thing is something that you just have to keep on them for.. thats just for their own good really.. i do let them climb onto the rocking chair or couch, they'll just sit most of the time.. i'll try to remember more

Samantha - posted on 10/12/2009

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Give her somthing she can climb on, throw, touch, etc... When she has a way to vent all that energy, it's easier to get her to stop when it's not appropriate. It will save both of you a lot of frustration if you can say "yes" a little more instead of the constant "NO!" I live in a hot climate and we can't always play outside, so I pile up pillows on the floor and let my son climb on them. Have fabric of different textures available to play with and balls to throw outside. When ever you have to tell her not to throw or climb, give her something she can do... like "you con't throw the remote control, but lets go outside and throw the ball," or "it's not safe to climb on the coffee table, here's a pillow mountain to climb in/on." Try looking up info on "positive disipline" or "natural consequences." Sorry, I'm an infant/toddler specialist and a preschool teacher to boot -I get a little wordy when people ask about stuff I actually know something about:). Hope it helps!

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KATHERINE - posted on 10/12/2009

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Well, I know exactly how you feel. My 9 month old touches everything and is now pulling herself up on just about everything. I've distracted her too, nothing seems to work, hopefully someone on here can give us some!

Kristi - posted on 10/12/2009

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i think they can get bored to, so having some part of your day when you can get outside...let her go crazy! the climbing thing...well just move things and make sure she cant really hurt herself. my 16 mo son climbs on everything he can, so i just made it as safe for him as i could. now throwing things is another story...my son does this as well. i get on his level and look him in the face and sternly say no we dont throw things, and sometimes he will stare at me and almost hrow it and so i just say it again...usually he stops. when he decides to throw it anyway, i smack his hand pretty good and in a louder voice say "NO we dont throw things".

This works for me anyway...good luck!

Brooke - posted on 10/12/2009

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It's definitely tough trying to follow around and protect an active toddler. My 19 month old has been climbing on and touching everything in sight since he was probably 10 months. I would say try your best to provide your child with a safe environment to climb around & explore. They are really just being curious tots and part of their learning is to touch things, feel textures and explore, but of course we want them to do it as safely as possible. If they throw things they shouldn't you just keep trying the behavior modifications you are, or you take things away if they aren't playing nicely with it. I got my son a little climbing cube, for him to have a ball with, that way he gets some of that climbing energy out, but safely. They have to be able to climb & touch some, it's their little nature! Sounds like you're doing the right things, just takes time and patience, but easier said than done, I know. Good luck!

Toni - posted on 10/12/2009

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Quoting Sophie:

How do I get my 19 month old to stop climbing on and touching everything?

My 19 month old daughter has been driving me nuts! She absolutely loves climbing on everything possible. She also loves touching and throwing everything. I have tried time-outs, calmly taking to her, moving her to a different place, distracting her, lightly smacking her hand and/or butt, being stern with her and telling her no, etc.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!



you can;t just wait for them to get hurt then say itol you not to do that.   or try a time out when they still do it. gooluck

Channon - posted on 10/12/2009

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Hi Sophie, I have a 15 month old daughter who sounds like has the same energy. I really do not think at their ages they can stop being as active. I can definately relate to you in the aspect of being frustrated. Although, I do not mind her active sides, sometimes when I am trying to focus something important and try to get her to calm down, it is crazy. Well, I guess I could say to maybe take her to the park, for walk, anywhere where she can burn some of the energy. I notice a change in my daughter after I try these things. I think sometimes they get bored and have no other way to express their energy. LIke right now, my daughter is standing on the table. Good luck!

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