does any one have advice for a sneaky baby?

Laura - posted on 05/22/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )




My son is almost 12 months old. He's started getting very difiant when he knows he's not allowed to do something. He has a little attitude on him.

Does any one have any advice on how to nip this behaviour in the butt?


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Kristin - posted on 05/22/2010




You can only do something about it when you catch him in the act. Tell him this is not okay or allowed, and then redirect him to what is okay. He is testing the boudaries and whether or not you will reinforce them.

It really helps to have a similar, but safe or okay version of what he's getting into or doing available. Independence is a wonderful thing, but you've got to be on your game to guide it into a constuctive thing.

Jessica - posted on 05/22/2010




I have been through it with my daughter and it only gets worse the more independant they get. You just have to be patient and correct them when they are doing something they are told not to, it gets easier about age 4 when they are able to go to school and get that independant time away from mom and dad.

Kelly - posted on 05/22/2010




lol, yeah that happens, my daughter started that around that age, she is now 16 months and still a sneaky little diva lol.. and she is getting better at it too!
just be patient, kids go through it. i usually give piper a few warning and then if she still wont listen i will tap her fingers. breaks her heart and mine too, but they need to learn.

Jonna - posted on 05/22/2010




You are totally right that you need to address this defiance now before it gets to be a serious problem. I have always used a flick on the hand if he is touching something that he is not supposed to touch and when I tell him to come here and he smiles and crawls the other way I get very cross and say 'no mommy said come here' and immediately go and get him.

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