At what age do babies learn what "No" means?

Christina - posted on 11/27/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My son is 7 1/2 months, I sure hope it is soon. He just laughs when I say no now

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Minnie - posted on 11/28/2009

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Understanding no and being able to comply with 'No' are two entirely different things. It's likely you'll have a few more years before he's mature enough to control his impulses.

C. - posted on 11/28/2009

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Usually they don't actually learn what "no" means until at least a year old, some more around a year and a half. If your son looks at you when you tell him no and he looks like he'll cry or wants to "sneak" and do it anyway, chances are he already knows. But I am thinking most babies are around a year. They may think they know what no means at an earlier age, but chances are they don't really understand the meaning of the word no. But every baby is different.

Sherre - posted on 11/27/2009

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All babies are different. I believe, depending on whether they were preemie or late, can make a difference as well. My son learned "no" at 4 months. When I would say it, I would feel bad because he would frown but it was so cute at the same time. He will definitely learn soon but make sure not to smile when you say it or he will continue to laugh. My son is now 11 1/2 months and when he hears that word, he cries.

Sherre - posted on 11/27/2009

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All babies are different. I believe, depending on whether they were preemie or late, can make a difference as well. My son learned "no" at 4 months. When I would say it, I would feel bad because he would frown but it was so cute at the same time. He will definitely learn soon but make sure not to smile when you say it or he will continue to laugh. My son is now 11 1/2 months and when he hears that word, he cries.

Sherre - posted on 11/27/2009

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All babies are different. I believe, depending on whether they were preemie or late, can make a difference as well. My son learned "no" at 4 months. When I would say it, I would feel bad because he would frown but it was so cute at the same time. He will definitely learn soon but make sure not to smile when you say it or he will continue to laugh. My son is now 11 1/2 months and when he hears that word, he cries.

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