How do I get my 1 year old to stop hitting?

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My son turned a year old and LOVES to hit. He thinks it is the funniest thing ever.

I've tried various things to try to get him to stop.

I've lightly hit his hands & told him no, which results in him hitting ME && telling me no...

Any suggestions?


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Griselda - posted on 07/27/2010




Start NOW by telling him "no hitting, hitting hurts" even though he may not understand what you are saying. As he gets older that phrase will resonate and he will understand the meaning. Also, children imitate what they see (as you already figured out) so don't tap your baby's hand anymore. Also don't smile or laugh (that includes anyone that is around your son) when he does it. If he has an audience he will continue to do it.

Best of luck!

Erin - posted on 07/27/2010




When my son hits me what I do is without saying a word put him in a time out. then I make him say sorry and give me a hug. Sometimes he does make a game out of it and finds it humorous. That's why I don't react when putting him in the chair for his time out. At first he giggles but after about 20 seconds he's not happy about being in there. 1 minute per yr for time out is enough for them.

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My daughter does it too. I have ignored it and not made a big deal of it unless its hard and she has decreased alot. If she hits hard I hold her hand and say no,we don't hit, that hurt mommy. You could also try time outs of 1 minute when he hits. I try not to make a big deal of things she has no words for right now, and alot of times she uses hitting as a way for attention, so by ignoring that she is finding new ways.

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